Senator Mikulski Committee Assignments For Jeff


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Merkley.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Merkley is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Merkley has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Jeff Merkley sits on the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
    • Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
    • Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
  • Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Enacted Legislation

Merkley was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Merkley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%)Education (14%)Energy (14%)Finance and Financial Sector (11%)Native Americans (11%)Labor and Employment (11%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Merkley’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Merkley’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
Sep 18, 2017. Bill Passed 89/8.
H.R. 2810 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes $613.8 billion in base funding, including a $28.5 billion increase above the President’s budget for essential ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Mar 2018, Merkley missed 29 of 2,715 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9411.1%54th
2010 Jan-Mar10800.0%0th
2010 Apr-Jun9622.1%64th
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5112.0%46th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun5811.7%30th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8233.7%70th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10910.9%47th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5024.0%72nd
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7611.3%36th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8011.3%49th
2014 Jan-Mar9300.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun12364.9%65th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8522.4%69th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6723.0%75th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7911.3%45th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5411.9%62nd
2017 Jul-Sep5311.9%60th
2017 Oct-Dec11721.7%69th
2018 Jan-Mar4912.0%58th

Primary Sources

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will replace former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) as chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s spy satellites, in the just-convened 114th Congress. Rogers did not run for re-election this past November and is now retired.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will serve as the committee’s ranking member. Schiff replaces Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.), whose term on the committee expired.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) will chair the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, which oversees military space and missile defense programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will head the full committee.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will chair the full House Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) will head the defense appropriations subcommittee.

House Democrats had not announced their full committee assignments as of press time.

In the Senate, now controlled by Republicans, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will chair the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, while Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as ranking member. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will head the full committee, with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) acting as ranking member. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), an outspoken supporter of the Operationally Responsive Space Office, joins the committee for this term.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will lead the full Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to head the defense subcommittee as well. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will be ranking member of the full committee and ranking member on the subcommittee that funds NASA. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) will serve as ranking member for the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.

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