Senate Standing Committees

  • Appropriations
    Jurisdiction includes all discretionary funding for federal programs.  Key subcommittee which covers health policy issues includes: a) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
  • Armed Services
    Jurisdiction includes all military funding, including military health programs (CHAMPUS).
  • Budget
    This committee establishes nonbinding target amounts for all health spending.
  • Finance
    Jurisdiction includes Medicare, Medicaid and taxes.  Key subcommittees which cover health policy issues include: a) Health for Families and the Uninsured; b) Medicare and Long-Term Care; c) Social Security and Family Policy; and d) Taxation.
  • Judiciary
    Jurisdiction includes antitrust; health fraud and tort reform.
  • Labor and Human Resources
    Jurisdiction includes health funding authorizations.  Key subcommittees which cover health policy issues include: a) Aging; b) Children, Family, Drugs and Alcoholism; c) Disability Policy; and d) Labor.

Senate Special, Select and Other Committees

  • Special Committee on Aging
    Although special committees have no legislative authority, this Committee has conducted studies of Medicare, prescription drug pricing, nursing home industry and other health issues related to elderly.

Senate Organization


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