Committees of the United States Senate
Much of the work of the United States Senate is done in committees, or groups of about 15 Senators. Each committee deals with a certain subject, such as farming or roads. In general, most laws start in a committee before they are voted on by the Senate. Also, when the Senate wants to ask the President or another important person questions, they usually do it in a committee.
|Committee name||What it does||Current leader|
|Foreign Relations||Looks at treaties, deals with U.S. interests in other countries||John Kerry|
|Judiciary||Questions people the President chooses to be judges, including people he chooses for the Supreme Court||Patrick Leahy|
|Rules||In charge of monitoring elections and whether or not the members should be there||Charles Schumer|
|Veteran's Affairs||Deals with affairs involving veterans||Daniel Akaka|