United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

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Background
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The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It was created in an earlier form in 1816.[1]

Leadership

114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Lisa Murkowski (R).

113th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Ron Wyden (D).[2]

Mary Landrieu was selected as the new chair on February 11, 2014.[3][4]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Jeff Bingaman (D).

Membership

2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (10)Republican members (12)
Maria Cantwell (Washington) Ranking MemberLisa Murkowski (Alaska) Chairman
Ron Wyden (Oregon) John Barrasso (Wyoming)
Bernie Sanders (Vermont) Jim Risch (Idaho)
Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) Mike Lee (Utah)
Al Franken (Minnesota) Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Joe Manchin III (West Virginia) Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)
Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) Cory Gardner (Colorado)
Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) Steve Daines (Montana)
Angus King (Maine) Rob Portman (Ohio)
Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) John Hoeven (North Dakota)
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)
Bernie Sanders and Angus King are Independents but caucuses with Democrats, hence they has been counted in that column.

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

S. 1600

See also: Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), joined by 18 cosponsors (including 10 Democrats and 8 fellow Republicans), introduced S. 1600, otherwise known as the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, in the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. If enacted, the bill would create a comprehensive policy for the nation's critical minerals supply, encompassing assessment, recycling, research, production and forecasting.[5][6]

The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The committee held a hearing for the legislation on January 28, 2014. At that hearing, the following individuals provided favorable testimony:[6][7]

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert H. Latiff, Ph.D.; George Mason University
  • Jim Sims; Molycorp, Inc.
  • David Isaacs; Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Gregory Conrad; Interstate Mining Compact Commission (and on behalf of Alaska Department of Natural Resources)
  • Jennifer Thomas; Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Roderick Eggert; Colorado School of Mines

S. 1743

See also: Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act

On November 20, 2013, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced S. 1743, otherwise known as the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. It was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. As of September 2014, the committee had to yet to report the bill. If enacted, the bill would prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from enforcing any federal regulations over hydraulic fracturing in states that already regulate the practice.[8][9][10]

On November 20, 2013, the House companion bill (H.R. 2728) passed the House by a 235-187 vote (with nine members not voting). Of those voting "yes," 223 were Republicans and 12 were Democrats. Of those voting "no," 185 were Democrats and two were Republicans.[8]

Subcommittees

Energy

To view the jurisdiction and recent activities of this subcommittee, please see the official committee page here.

Subcommittee on Energy Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (8)Republican members (10)
Joe Manchin ChairmanJames Risch Chairman
Bernie Sanders Jeff Flake
Debbie Stabenow Steve Daines
Al Franken Bill Cassidy
Martin Heinrich Cory Gardner
Mazie Hirono John Hoeven
Angus King Lamar Alexander
Elizabeth Warren Rob Portman
Shelley Moore Capito
Lisa Murkowski Ex Officio

National Parks

To view the jurisdiction and recent activities of this subcommittee, please see the official committee page here.

Subcommittee on National Parks Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (6)Republican members (8)
Martin Heinrich Ranking MemberBill Cassidy Chairman
Ron Wyden Rob Portman
Bernard Sanders John Barrasso
Debbie Stabenow Lamar Alexander
Angus King Mike Lee
Elizabeth Warren John Hoeven
Shelley Moore Capito
Lisa Murkowski Ex Officio

Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

To view the jurisdiction and recent activities of this subcommittee, please see the official committee page here.

Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (7)Republican members (11)
Ron Wyden Ranking MemberJohn Barrasso Chairman
Debbie Stabenow Shelley Moore Capito
Al Franken James Risch
Joe Manchin Mike Lee
Martin Heinrich Steve Daines
Mazie Hirono Bill Cassidy
Elizabeth Warren Cory Gardner
John Hoeven
Jeff Flake
Lamar Alexander
Lisa Murkowski Ex Officio

Water and Power

To view the jurisdiction and recent activities of this subcommittee, please see the official committee page here.

Subcommittee on Water and Power Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (6)Republican members (8)
Mazie Hirono Ranking MemberMike Lee Chairman
Ron Wyden Jeff Flake
Bernard Sanders John Barrasso
Al Franken James Risch
Joe Manchin Steve Daines
Angus King Cory Gardner
Rob Portman
Lisa Murkowski Ex Officio

Jurisdiction

According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee includes the following:

  1. National Energy Policy, including international energy affairs and emergency preparedness
  2. nuclear waste policy
  3. privatization of federal assets
  4. territorial policy (including changes in status and issues affecting Antarctica)
  5. Native Hawaiian matters
  6. Ad Hoc issues.
  7. other issues are retained in the Full Committee on an ad hoc basis. Generally, these are issues which (1) require extremely expeditious handling or (2) substantially overlap two or more subcommittee jurisdictions, or (3) are of exceptional national significance in which all Members wish to participate fully.

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—U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources[12]

Contact

304 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4971
Fax: (202) 224-6163

See also

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