ⓘ List of United States Senate committees


ⓘ List of United States Senate committees

This is a complete list of U.S. congressional committees that are operating in the United States Senate. Senators can be a member of more than one committee.


1. Committee classes

Senate committees are divided, according to relative importance, into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Individual Senators are in general limited to service on two Class A committees and one Class B committee. Assignment to Class C committees is made without reference to a members service on any other panels.


1.1. Committee classes Standing committees

Standing committees are permanent bodies with specific responsibilities spelled out in the Senates rules. Twelve of the sixteen current standing committees are Class A panels. They are Agriculture; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; Governmental Affairs; Judiciary; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

There are four Class B standing committees: Budget; Rules and Administration; Small Business; and Veterans Affairs. There are currently no Class C standing committees.


1.2. Committee classes Other, select and special committees

Other i.e., Indian Affairs, select and special committees are ranked as Class B or Class C committees. They are created for clearly specified purposes. There are currently two Class B committees: the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging, and two Class C committees: the Select Committee on Indian Affairs and the Select Committee on Ethics.


1.3. Committee classes Joint committees

Joint Committees are used for purposes of legislative and administrative coordination. At present there are four: the Joint Economic Committee Class B, the Joint Committee on the Library Class C, the Joint Committee on Printing Class C, and the Joint Committee on Taxation Class C.


1.4. Committee classes Jurisdiction

Standing committees in the Senate have their jurisdiction set by three primary sources: Senate Rules, ad hoc Senate Resolutions, and Senate Resolutions related to committee funding. To see an overview of the jurisdictions of standing committees in the Senate, see Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XXV.