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The United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is a standing committee of the United States Senate. Besides having broad jurisdiction over all matters concerning interstate commerce, science and technology policy, and transportation, the Senate Commerce Committee is one of the largest of the Senate's standing committees, with 26 members in the 117th Congress. The Commerce Committee has six subcommittees. It is chaired by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) as Ranking Member. The majority office is housed in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and the minority office is located in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Senate Commerce Committee
Standing committee
Active

United States Senate
117th Congress
History
FormedFebruary 4, 1977
Leadership
ChairMaria Cantwell (D)
Since February 3, 2021
Ranking memberRoger Wicker (R)
Since February 3, 2021
Structure
Political partiesMajority (14)
Minority (14)
Jurisdiction
Policy areasAviation, Coast Guard, Coastal zone management, Common carriers, Communications, Competitiveness, Consumer protection, Highways and highway safety, Inland waterways, Internet, Navigation, Interstate commerce, Marine conservation, Marine fisheries, Merchant Marine, Oceanography, Outer Continental Shelf lands, Panama Canal, Product safety and liability, Rail, Science policy of the United States, Sport, Standards of weights and measures, Tourism, Transportation generally, Weather and climate change
Oversight authorityCoast Guard, CPSC, CPB, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, FAA, FCC, FMCSA, FRA, FMC, FTC, MARAD, NASA, NHTSA, NOAA, NIST, NSF, NTIA, NTSB, PHMSA, STB, TSA, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
House counterpartUnited States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittees
Meeting place
512 Dirksen Senate Building
Website
https://www.commerce.senate.gov/
Rules
Charles Bolden, nominee for Administrator of NASA, center, and Lori Garver, right, nominee for deputy administrator of NASA, testify at their confirmation hearing before the Committee in 2009.

Contents

The Committee has its roots in the Committee on Commerce and Manufacturers, which served as a standing committee in the early-1800s. This committee was split in two in the 1820s and remained in this configuration until the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946. Under the LRA, the number of standing committees was dramatically decreased to increase congressional efficiency and increase institutional strength. As a result, the Committee on Commerce, the Committee on Manufactures, the Committee on Interstate Commerce, and the Committee on Interoceanic Canals were combined into the United States Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. In 1977, as a part of widespread committee reorganization, the Committee was renamed the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and given additional oversight jurisdiction over nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The original progenitors of this committee were:

In accordance of Rule XXV of the United States Senate, all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the following subjects is referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

  1. "Coast Guard;
  2. Coastal zone management;
  3. Communications;
  4. Highway safety;
  5. Inland waterways, except construction;
  6. Interstate commerce;
  7. Marine and ocean navigation, safety, and transportation, including navigational aspects of deepwater ports;
  8. Marine fisheries;
  9. Merchant marine and navigation;
  10. Nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences;
  11. Oceans, weather, and atmospheric activities;
  12. Panama Canal and interoceanic canals generally, except as provided in subparagraph (c);
  13. Regulation of consumer products and services, including testing related to toxic substances, other than pesticides, and except for credit, financial services, and housing;
  14. Regulation of interstate common carriers, including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, and civil aviation;
  15. Science, engineering, and technology research and development and policy;
  16. Sports;
  17. Standards and measurement;
  18. Transportation; and,
  19. Transportation and commerce aspects of Outer Continental Shelf lands."

The Senate Commerce Committee is also charged to "study and review, on a comprehensive basis, all matters relating to science and technology, oceans policy, transportation, communications, and consumer affairs, and report thereon from time to time."

Majority Minority

Source:

The committee, under its various names, has been chaired by the following senators:

Committee on Commerce and Manufactures, 1816–1825

Committee on Commerce, 1825–1947

Chair Party State Years
James Lloyd Adams-Clay Republican/Adams Massachusetts 1825-1826
Josiah Johnston Adams Louisiana 1826-1827
Levi Woodbury Jacksonian New Hampshire 1827-1831
John Forsyth Jacksonian Georgia 1831-1832
William R. King Jacksonian Alabama 1832-1833
Nathaniel Silsbee Anti-Jackson Massachusetts 1833-1835
John Davis Anti-Jackson Massachusetts 1835-1836
William R. King Jacksonian/Democratic Alabama 1836-1841
Jabez Huntington Whig Connecticut 1841-1845
William Haywood Democratic North Carolina 1845-1846
John Dix Democratic New York 1846-1849
Hannibal Hamlin Democratic Maine 1849-1856
Henry Dodge Democratic Wisconsin 1856-1857
Clement Clay Democratic Alabama 1857-1861
William Bigler Democratic Pennsylvania 1861
Zachariah Chandler Republican Michigan 1861-1875
Roscoe Conkling Republican New York 1875-1879
John B. Gordon Democratic Georgia 1879-1880
Matt Ransom Democratic North Carolina 1880-1881
Roscoe Conkling Republican New York 1881
Samuel J.R. McMillan Republican Minnesota 1881-1887
William Frye Republican Maine 1887-1893
Matt Ransom Democratic North Carolina 1893-1895
William P. Frye Republican Maine 1895-1911
Knute Nelson Republican Minnesota 1911-1913
James P. Clarke Democratic Arkansas 1913-1916
Duncan U. Fletcher Democratic Florida 1916-1919
Wesley L. Jones Republican Washington 1919-1930
Hiram W. Johnson Republican California 1930-1933
Hubert D. Stephens Democratic Mississippi 1933-1935
Royal S. Copeland Democratic New York 1935-1939
Josiah W. Bailey Democratic North Carolina 1939-1946

Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, 1947–1961

Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, 1958-1977

Committee on Commerce, 1961–1977

Chair Party State Years
Warren Magnuson Democratic Washington 1961-1977

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, 1977–present

Chair Party State Years
Warren Magnuson Democratic Washington 1977–1978
Howard Cannon Democratic Nevada 1978–1981
Bob Packwood Republican Oregon 1981–1985
John C. Danforth Republican Missouri 1985–1987
Ernest F. Hollings Democratic South Carolina 1987–1995
Larry Pressler Republican South Dakota 1995–1997
John McCain Republican Arizona 1997–2001
Ernest F. Hollings Democratic South Carolina 2001
John McCain Republican Arizona 2001
Ernest F. Hollings Democratic South Carolina 2001–2003
John McCain Republican Arizona 2003–2005
Ted Stevens Republican Alaska 2005–2007
Daniel Inouye Democratic Hawaii 2007–2009
John D. Rockefeller IV Democratic West Virginia 2009–2015
John Thune Republican South Dakota 2015–2019
Roger Wicker Republican Mississippi 2019–2021
Maria Cantwell Democratic Washington 2021–present

116th Congress

Majority Minority
Subcomittees

115th Congress

Majority Minority

Source

  1. "U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation - About". U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation.
  2. "Rules of the United States Senate". U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. RetrievedMay 31, 2019. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. "Rules Of The Senate | U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration". www.rules.senate.gov.
  4. "Chair Cantwell Announces Subcommittee Leadership for the 117th Congress". U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation. February 19, 2021.
  5. "Chairmen of Senate Standing Committees 1789-present"(PDF). RetrievedSeptember 23, 2020.
  6. At the beginning of the 107th Congress in January 2001 the Senate was evenly divided. With a Democratic president and vice president still serving until January 20, the Democratic vice president was available to break a tie, and the Democrats thus controlled the Senate for 17 days, from January 3 to January 20. On January 3 the Senate adopted S. Res. 7 designating Democratic senators as committee chairmen to serve during this period and Republican chairmen to serve effective at noon on January 20, 2001.
  7. On June 6, 2001, the Democrats took control of the Senate after Senator James Jeffords (VT) changed from the Republican Party to Independent and announced that he would caucus with the Democrats.
  8. "U.S. Senate: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation". www.senate.gov. RetrievedJanuary 8, 2017.

United States Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from United States Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation The United States Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation is a standing committee of the United States Senate 1 Besides having broad jurisdiction over all matters concerning interstate commerce science and technology policy and transportation the Senate Commerce Committee is one of the largest of the Senate s standing committees with 26 members in the 117th Congress The Commerce Committee has six subcommittees It is chaired by Sen Maria Cantwell D WA with Sen Roger Wicker R MS as Ranking Member The majority office is housed in the Dirksen Senate Office Building and the minority office is located in the Hart Senate Office Building 1 Senate Commerce CommitteeStanding committeeActive United States Senate 117th CongressHistoryFormedFebruary 4 1977LeadershipChairMaria Cantwell D Since February 3 2021Ranking memberRoger Wicker R Since February 3 2021StructurePolitical partiesMajority 14 Democratic 14 Minority 14 Republican 14 JurisdictionPolicy areasAviation Coast Guard Coastal zone management Common carriers Communications Competitiveness Consumer protection Highways and highway safety Inland waterways Internet Navigation Interstate commerce Marine conservation Marine fisheries Merchant Marine Oceanography Outer Continental Shelf lands Panama Canal Product safety and liability Rail Science policy of the United States Sport Standards of weights and measures Tourism Transportation generally Weather and climate changeOversight authorityCoast Guard CPSC CPB Department of Commerce Department of Transportation FAA FCC FMCSA FRA FMC FTC MARAD NASA NHTSA NOAA NIST NSF NTIA NTSB PHMSA STB TSA White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyHouse counterpartUnited States House Committee on Energy and Commerce House Committee on Science Space and Technology House Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureSubcommitteesAviation Safety Operations and InnovationCommunications Media and BroadbandConsumer Protection Product Safety and Data SecurityOceans Fisheries Climate Change and ManufacturingSpace and ScienceSurface Transportation Maritime Freight and PortsTourism Trade and Export PromotionMeeting place512 Dirksen Senate BuildingWebsitehttps www commerce senate gov RulesRule XXV 1 f Standing Rules of the SenateRules of the Committee on Commerce Science and TransportationCharles Bolden nominee for Administrator of NASA center and Lori Garver right nominee for deputy administrator of NASA testify at their confirmation hearing before the Committee in 2009 Contents 1 History 2 Jurisdiction 3 Members 117th Congress 4 Subcommittees 5 Chairs 5 1 Committee on Commerce and Manufactures 1816 1825 5 2 Committee on Commerce 1825 1947 5 3 Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce 1947 1961 5 4 Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences 1958 1977 5 5 Committee on Commerce 1961 1977 5 6 Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation 1977 present 6 Historical committee rosters 6 1 116th Congress 6 2 115th Congress 7 References 8 External linksHistory EditThe Committee has its roots in the Committee on Commerce and Manufacturers which served as a standing committee in the early 1800s This committee was split in two in the 1820s and remained in this configuration until the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 Under the LRA the number of standing committees was dramatically decreased to increase congressional efficiency and increase institutional strength As a result the Committee on Commerce the Committee on Manufactures the Committee on Interstate Commerce and the Committee on Interoceanic Canals were combined into the United States Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce In 1977 as a part of widespread committee reorganization the Committee was renamed the Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation and given additional oversight jurisdiction over nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA The original progenitors of this committee were United States Senate Committee on Commerce and Manufactures 1816 1825 United States Senate Committee on Commerce 1825 1946 1961 1977 United States Senate Committee on Manufactures 1825 1855 1864 1946 United States Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce 1885 1946 United States Senate Committee on Interoceanic Canals 1899 1946 United States Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce 1946 1961 United States Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences 1958 1977 Jurisdiction EditIn accordance of Rule XXV of the United States Senate all proposed legislation messages petitions memorials and other matters relating to the following subjects is referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation Coast Guard Coastal zone management Communications Highway safety Inland waterways except construction Interstate commerce Marine and ocean navigation safety and transportation including navigational aspects of deepwater ports Marine fisheries Merchant marine and navigation Nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences Oceans weather and atmospheric activities Panama Canal and interoceanic canals generally except as provided in subparagraph c Regulation of consumer products and services including testing related to toxic substances other than pesticides and except for credit financial services and housing Regulation of interstate common carriers including railroads buses trucks vessels pipelines and civil aviation Science engineering and technology research and development and policy Sports Standards and measurement Transportation and Transportation and commerce aspects of Outer Continental Shelf lands 2 The Senate Commerce Committee is also charged to study and review on a comprehensive basis all matters relating to science and technology oceans policy transportation communications and consumer affairs and report thereon from time to time 3 Members 117th Congress EditMain article 117th United States Congress Majority MinorityMaria Cantwell Washington Chair Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Richard Blumenthal Connecticut Brian Schatz Hawaii Ed Markey Massachusetts Gary Peters Michigan Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Tammy Duckworth Illinois Jon Tester Montana Kyrsten Sinema Arizona Jacky Rosen Nevada Ben Ray Lujan New Mexico John Hickenlooper Colorado Raphael Warnock Georgia Roger Wicker Mississippi Ranking Member John Thune South Dakota Roy Blunt Missouri Ted Cruz Texas Deb Fischer Nebraska Jerry Moran Kansas Dan Sullivan Alaska Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Mike Lee Utah Ron Johnson Wisconsin Shelley Moore Capito West Virginia Todd Young Indiana Rick Scott Florida Cynthia Lummis WyomingSubcommittees EditSubcommittee Chair Ranking MemberAviation Safety Operations and Innovation Kyrsten Sinema D AZ Ted Cruz R TX Communications Media and Broadband Ben Ray Lujan D NM John Thune R SD Consumer Protection Product Safety and Data Security Richard Blumenthal D CT Marsha Blackburn R TN Oceans Fisheries Climate Change and Manufacturing Tammy Baldwin D WI Dan Sullivan R AK Space and Science John Hickenlooper D CO Cynthia Lummis R WY Surface Transportation Maritime Freight and Ports Gary Peters D MI Deb Fischer R NE Tourism Trade and Export Promotion Jacky Rosen D NV Rick Scott R FL Source 4 Chairs EditThe committee under its various names has been chaired by the following senators 5 Committee on Commerce and Manufactures 1816 1825 Edit Chair Party State YearsWilliam Hunter Federalist Rhode Island 1816 1817Nathan Sanford Republican New York 1817 1820Mahlon Dickerson Republican Crawford Republican New Jersey 1820 1825Committee on Commerce 1825 1947 Edit Chair Party State YearsJames Lloyd Adams Clay Republican Adams Massachusetts 1825 1826Josiah Johnston Adams Louisiana 1826 1827Levi Woodbury Jacksonian New Hampshire 1827 1831John Forsyth Jacksonian Georgia 1831 1832William R King Jacksonian Alabama 1832 1833Nathaniel Silsbee Anti Jackson Massachusetts 1833 1835John Davis Anti Jackson Massachusetts 1835 1836William R King Jacksonian Democratic Alabama 1836 1841Jabez Huntington Whig Connecticut 1841 1845William Haywood Democratic North Carolina 1845 1846John Dix Democratic New York 1846 1849Hannibal Hamlin Democratic Maine 1849 1856Henry Dodge Democratic Wisconsin 1856 1857Clement Clay Democratic Alabama 1857 1861William Bigler Democratic Pennsylvania 1861Zachariah Chandler Republican Michigan 1861 1875Roscoe Conkling Republican New York 1875 1879John B Gordon Democratic Georgia 1879 1880Matt Ransom Democratic North Carolina 1880 1881Roscoe Conkling Republican New York 1881Samuel J R McMillan Republican Minnesota 1881 1887William Frye Republican Maine 1887 1893Matt Ransom Democratic North Carolina 1893 1895William P Frye Republican Maine 1895 1911Knute Nelson Republican Minnesota 1911 1913James P Clarke Democratic Arkansas 1913 1916Duncan U Fletcher Democratic Florida 1916 1919Wesley L Jones Republican Washington 1919 1930Hiram W Johnson Republican California 1930 1933Hubert D Stephens Democratic Mississippi 1933 1935Royal S Copeland Democratic New York 1935 1939Josiah W Bailey Democratic North Carolina 1939 1946Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce 1947 1961 Edit Chair Party State YearsWallace H White Jr Republican Maine 1947 1949Edwin C Johnson Democratic Colorado 1949 1953Charles W Tobey Republican New Hampshire 1953John W Bricker Republican Ohio 1953 1955Warren Magnuson Democratic Washington 1955 1961Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences 1958 1977 Edit Chair Party State YearsLyndon B Johnson Democratic Texas 1958 1961Robert S Kerr Democratic Oklahoma 1961 1963Clinton P Anderson Democratic New Mexico 1963 1973Frank E Moss Democratic Utah 1973 1977Wendell H Ford Democratic Kentucky Jan 10 Feb 11 1977Committee on Commerce 1961 1977 Edit Chair Party State YearsWarren Magnuson Democratic Washington 1961 1977Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation 1977 present Edit Chair Party State YearsWarren Magnuson Democratic Washington 1977 1978Howard Cannon Democratic Nevada 1978 1981Bob Packwood Republican Oregon 1981 1985John C Danforth Republican Missouri 1985 1987Ernest F Hollings Democratic South Carolina 1987 1995Larry Pressler Republican South Dakota 1995 1997John McCain Republican Arizona 1997 2001Ernest F Hollings Democratic South Carolina 2001 6 John McCain Republican Arizona 2001Ernest F Hollings Democratic South Carolina 2001 2003 7 John McCain Republican Arizona 2003 2005Ted Stevens Republican Alaska 2005 2007Daniel Inouye Democratic Hawaii 2007 2009John D Rockefeller IV Democratic West Virginia 2009 2015John Thune Republican South Dakota 2015 2019Roger Wicker Republican Mississippi 2019 2021Maria Cantwell Democratic Washington 2021 presentHistorical committee rosters Edit116th Congress Edit Main article 116th United States Congress Majority MinorityRoger Wicker Mississippi Chair John Thune South Dakota Roy Blunt Missouri Ted Cruz Texas Deb Fischer Nebraska Jerry Moran Kansas Dan Sullivan Alaska Mike Lee Utah Ron Johnson Wisconsin Shelley Moore Capito West Virginia Cory Gardner Colorado Todd Young Indiana Rick Scott Florida Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Maria Cantwell Washington Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Richard Blumenthal Connecticut Brian Schatz Hawaii Ed Markey Massachusetts Tom Udall New Mexico Gary Peters Michigan Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Tammy Duckworth Illinois Jon Tester Montana Kyrsten Sinema Arizona Jacky Rosen NevadaSubcomitteesSubcommittee Chair Ranking MemberAviation and Space Ted Cruz R TX Kyrsten Sinema D AZ Communications Technology Innovation and the Internet John Thune R SD Brian Schatz D HI Manufacturing Trade and Consumer Protection Jerry Moran R KS Richard Blumenthal D CT Science Oceans Fisheries and Weather Cory Gardner R CO Tammy Baldwin D WI Security Dan Sullivan R AK Ed Markey D MA Transportation and Safety Deb Fischer R NE Tammy Duckworth D IL 115th Congress Edit Majority MinorityJohn Thune South Dakota Chair Roger Wicker Mississippi Roy Blunt Missouri Ted Cruz Texas Deb Fischer Nebraska Jerry Moran Kansas Dan Sullivan Alaska Dean Heller Nevada Jim Inhofe Oklahoma Mike Lee Utah Ron Johnson Wisconsin Shelley Moore Capito West Virginia Cory Gardner Colorado Todd Young Indiana Bill Nelson Florida Ranking Member Maria Cantwell Washington Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Richard Blumenthal Connecticut Brian Schatz Hawaii Ed Markey Massachusetts Tom Udall New Mexico Gary Peters Michigan Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Tammy Duckworth Illinois Maggie Hassan New Hampshire Catherine Cortez Masto Nevada Jon Tester Montana Source 8 References Edit a b U S Senate Committee On Commerce Science amp Transportation About U S Senate Committee On Commerce Science amp Transportation Rules of the United States Senate U S Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Retrieved May 31 2019 This article incorporates text from this source which is in the public domain Rules Of The Senate U S Senate Committee on Rules amp Administration www rules senate gov Chair Cantwell Announces Subcommittee Leadership for the 117th Congress U S Senate Committee on Commerce Science amp Transportation February 19 2021 Chairmen of Senate Standing Committees 1789 present PDF Retrieved September 23 2020 At the beginning of the 107th Congress in January 2001 the Senate was evenly divided With a Democratic president and vice president still serving until January 20 the Democratic vice president was available to break a tie and the Democrats thus controlled the Senate for 17 days from January 3 to January 20 On January 3 the Senate adopted S Res 7 designating Democratic senators as committee chairmen to serve during this period and Republican chairmen to serve effective at noon on January 20 2001 On June 6 2001 the Democrats took control of the Senate after Senator James Jeffords VT changed from the Republican Party to Independent and announced that he would caucus with the Democrats U S Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation www senate gov Retrieved January 8 2017 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to United States Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation website Archive Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee Legislation activity and reports Congress gov Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title United States Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation amp oldid 1074524360, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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