Blumenthal To Chair New Judiciary Subcommittee

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was named the Chairman of a new Senate Judiciary Subcommittee  – the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action. The announcement was made by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

This Subcommittee’s jurisdiction will include: (1) administrative practices and procedures including agency rulemaking and adjudication; (2) judicial review of agency action; (3) third-party enforcement of federal rights; and (4) Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and abuse.
“The purpose of this new subcommittee is really to ensure that federal agencies follow and enforce the law – assuring protection of legal rights with effective remedies. Overseeing federal agency rulemaking means working with advocates, activists, and every-day Americans to fulfill the promise of federal protection,” Blumenthal said. “I am honored to chair this subcommittee, and I thank Chairman Leahy for creating it. I look forward to leading an aggressive agenda that serves the American people.”

Blumenthal is beginning his third year on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is also a member of the Subcommittees on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights; Immigration, Refugees and Border Security; and Privacy, Technology and the Law.
Senators Leahy, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are members of the Subcommittee. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is the ranking member.