Two key Senate committees, Appropriations and Commerce, formally organized their subcommittees this week. As expected, the chair and ranking member of the full Senate Appropriations Committee, Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), respectively, will also serve in the same positions on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, whose jurisdiction includes NASA and NOAA, according to subcommittee assignments announced by the committee on Tuesday. The rest of the CJS subcommittee:
On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee held its organizational meeting, announcing members of its various subcommittees, including Science and Space. As expected, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) returns as chairman of the space subcommittee, but will have a new ranking member: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), elected in November to replace the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. John Boozman (R-AR), who had previously been the ranking member of the subcommittee, is no longer on the Commerce committee; his role was relatively limited in any case, as Hutchison, the ranking member of the full committee in the last Congress, played a bigger role on space issues, working directly with Nelson.
The full subcommittee:
The assignments of Nelson and Cruz to be the top members of their parties on the space subcommittee comes just a day after the two clashed in a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense. Will those subcommittee hearings be nearly as exciting?