Senator Marco Rubio is the Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. He also serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and as a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Special Committee on Aging.
“My committee assignments allow me to deliver results for Florida and work toward a more prosperous and safe future for all Americans,” Senator Marco Rubio said. “From creating the Paycheck Protection Program and securing critical funding for the Everglades to protecting our nation from foreign adversaries like Russia and China, I am proud of the work we have done so far. I am also aware that there is much more to do, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the Senate and constituents in Florida to continue delivering on America’s promise.”
The Senate Committee on Appropriations’ role is defined by the U.S. Constitution, which requires "appropriations made by law" prior to the expenditure of any money from the Federal treasury. The Committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis. The Committee is also responsible for supplemental spending bills, which are sometimes needed in the middle of a fiscal year to compensate for emergency expenses.
Senator Rubio is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which oversees all legislation and issues relating to the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as studies issues affecting the function of American small business enterprises. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rubio led the small business response by authoring the Paycheck Protection Program, which has saved tens of millions of jobs.
Senator Rubio serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is dedicated to overseeing the U.S. intelligence community – the federal agencies and bureaus that provide information and analysis to leaders of the executive and legislative branches. As part of its oversight responsibilities, the Committee performs an annual review of the intelligence budget submitted by the President and prepares legislation authorizing appropriations for the various civilian and military agencies and departments that constitute the intelligence community. The Committee also conducts periodic investigations, audits, and inspections of intelligence activities and programs.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is instrumental in developing and influencing United States foreign policy. The Committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, ranging from the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations. Through these powers, the Committee has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance, in matters of war and peace and international relations.
Senator Rubio is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, as well as the Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging serves as a focal point in the Senate for discussion and debate on matters relating to older Americans. Often, the Committee will submit its findings and recommendations for legislation to the Senate. In addition, the Committee publishes materials of assistance to those interested in public policies that relate to America’s elderly population.