Committees of the United States Senate

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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