In January 2011, Senator Sessions was appointed to be the Ranking Member of the Budget Committee. The Senate Committee on the Budget is one of the youngest committes, established in 1974 to help guide and formulate the nation's fiscal policy. The committee exists to create, enforce and manage the annual Federal budget, including facilitating an understanding of that budget.
The Senate Committee on Armed Services has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense, military development, national security and all other matters generally necessary for the common defense.
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Senator Sessions is a ranking member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Responsiblility for nuclear and strategic forces, intelligence programs, space programs, and ballistic missile defense all fall under the Subcomittee on Strategic Forces.
Subcommittee on Airland
The Subcommittee on Airland is responsible for Army and Air Force programs and the Navy and Marine Corps' technical aviation programs. Also oversees the National Guard and Reserve equipment.
Subcommittee on Seapower
As a part of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the Subcommittee on Seapower oversees all maritime issues and Navy and Marine Corps programs.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary was first authorized on December 10, 1816. The Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictions in the Senate, ranging from criminal justice to antitrust and intellectual property law.
Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Sessions is Ranking Member of this subcommittee which oversees court administration and management, judicial rules and procedures and legal reform and liability issues. The subcommittee also has oversight of the Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and fraud and the oversight of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
The subcommittee on Crime and Drugs oversees many branches of the Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Additionally, this committee deals with youth violence, national drug control.
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship
Immigration, citizenship and refugee laws are all studied in the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship. This committee also has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Members also help to oversee refugee laws and internally displaced persons.
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
The Subcommitee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security oversees divisions of both the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. This subcommittee is particularly concerned with anti-terrorism enforcement and policy and the laws governing information.
The roots of this Committee go back to 1837 when the Senate created the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. In 1977 the name was change to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works because of the vast amount of issues it covers. The EPW Committee has jurisdiction over the following:
Air pollution, highways, environment aspects of the Outer Continental Shelf lands, environmental effects of toxic substances, environmental policy, environmental research and development, fisheries and wildlife, flood control, improvements of rivers and harbors, noise pollution, nuclear energy, ocean dumping, public buildings, public works, bridges and dams, regional economic development, solid waste disposal and recycling, water pollution, and water resources.
Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Power