As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Ted is dedicated to advancing America’s interests through a responsible U.S. foreign policy. The committee is tasked with overseeing the foreign policy agencies of the U.S. government, including the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Peace Corps. The Committee reviews and considers all diplomatic nominations and international treaties, and handles all legislation relating to U.S. foreign policy.
As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Ted has been one of the leading voices in the Senate supporting international press freedom, public diplomacy, civilian-military cooperation and an expanded civilian role in counterinsurgency. He has also been an active proponent of the Middle East peace process and human rights in Iran, joining with several other Senators to pass the Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) Act, the only bill on Iran signed into law this Congress. He is also a co-chair and founder of the Senate Global Internet Freedom Caucus.
As a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary — one of the longest standing committees in the U.S. Senate — Ted is actively engaged in the oversight of federal law enforcement and all federal courts, as well as anti-terrorism measures, human rights, copyright and patent law, and immigration policy. The Committee also considers the President’s nominees for federal judgeships, including Supreme Court Justices.
In this role, Ted has led the effort to fight financial fraud through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) of 2009 — bipartisan legislation he introduced that bolsters existing tools and increase resources available to federal prosecutors to combat financial fraud. That legislation passed the Senate in April. Ted sits on a number of subcommittees including: Administrative Oversight and the Courts; Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; Crime and Drugs; Terrorism and Homeland Security; the Constitution.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ted is the first Senator from Delaware to serve on this panel. The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all military operations and the development of weapons systems. The Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, also fall under the Armed Services committee’s oversight.
During two visits in 2009 to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Ted had the opportunity to visit with US troops, foreign leaders, and others to examine our strategy and policy in the region. One of his primary focuses while in office is to support our troops in combat.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ted will work to make America safer and its government more responsive to citizens’ needs. The Committee on Homeland Security oversees homeland counterterrorism efforts by the National Counterterrorism Center, the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Patrol, and other agencies. Ted will leverage his expertise over related issues, such as foreign counterinsurgency and FBI counterterrorism enforcement, to bolster this oversight role. Through his membership on the Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, Ted will continue the build upon the anti-fraud and abuse initiatives that have marked his time in office from day one. The Homeland Security Committee also oversees the federal workforce, a subject of particular interest to Ted, who typically honors one hard-working federal employee each week for their unsung dedication to serving the American people.