Capital Building

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Committee Background

Year Established


Key Issues

Science and technology; oceans policy; transportation; communications; consumer affairs


Interstate commerce; regulation of consumer products and services; Panama Canal; merchant marine navigation, including deepwater ports; U.S. Coast Guard; coastal zone management; sports; marine fisheries; standards and measurement; transportation; oceans, weather, and atmospheric activities; highway safety; regulation of interstate common carriers, including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, and civil aviation; nonmilitary aeronautical and space sciences

Committee Leadership

Chair John Thune (R - SD)
Ranking Mem. Bill Nelson (D - FL)
Ranking Member

Vital Stats

Budget Authorization


Staff Levels
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