The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources plays a critical role in managing our nation’s public lands, including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service. The committee also has jurisdiction over U.S. territories, nuclear waste policy and crafting laws that could help us shift towards cleaner energy production and more efficient uses of energy – both of which would lead to a reduction in carbon.
The Senate Armed Services Committee oversees the nation’s military structure, overseas operations, and common defense. The committee authorizes the budget and sets the policies for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration. New Mexico is home to significant military installations and national laboratories. Kirtland Air Force Base, Holloman Air Force Base, Cannon Air Force Base, Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, Sandia National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory collectively employ roughly 50,000 individuals in New Mexico and make an annual economic impact of more than $13 billion.
The Select Committee on Intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the United States’ intelligence community. This responsibility includes performing an annual review of the intelligence budget by the president and the preparation of legislation authorizing appropriations for the various civilian and military agencies and departments comprising the intelligence community.
A strong middle class leads to a healthy and vibrant economy. As a member of the Joint Economic Committee, I play a role that allows me to promote policies that foster job creation through innovation and encourage the use of energy efficient technology. The committee consists of members from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and helps provide citizens and lawmakers with critical information on the health of the U.S. economy and often examines how government can better work for the middle class.