As a United States Senator, Angus sits on five oversight committees – Rules, Intelligence, Armed Services, Budget, and Energy and Natural Resources. These committees play a key role in furthering his ability to best serve and protect the interests of Maine as well as the country.
U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee
As a member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Angus is intent on working with his colleagues to eliminate inefficiencies within the Senate and improve overall government transparency. The Committee is responsible for issues that include elections, campaign finance and ethics reform. It also oversees the standing rules of the Senate and administers Congressional Office Buildings.
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is mandated with overseeing and studying the intelligence programs of the United States Government and to assure that those activities conform to the Constitution and the laws of United States.
U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
Maine has a strong tradition of defending our Nation, and through his work on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Angus remains deeply committed to continuing that legacy by supporting our men and women in uniform, our veterans, military units in Maine, and ensuring the longevity of our industrial base at places like Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. These facilities not only provide strategic value to our national security, but also provide jobs that help keep Maine communities strong.
Angus is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Airland.
U.S. Senate Budget Committee
Budgets are about priorities. They list what we care about, and in dollar amounts, they quantify how much we care. Crafting a bipartisan fiscal blueprint that outlines a responsible path to long-term economic growth and security is paramount in ensuring that we continue to provide for our communities, seniors, soldiers, and children in the 21st century.
U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Lowering energy costs and combating climate change are two of my priorities in the Senate, and I believe that as a nation, we don’t have to sacrifice one of those goals to accomplish the other. By harnessing the power of renewable energy sources, we can move towards a more deliberate, domestically-driven energy policy that lowers costs for people in Maine while limiting the impacts on our environment and natural resources.
Angus is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water and Power.
When the Eighty-third Congress convened in January of 1953, the party ratio stood at forty-eight Republicans, forty-seven Democrats, and one Independent. The Independent, Oregon’s Wayne Morse, had recently left the Republican party, but he assured party leaders that he would vote with them to organize the Senate under Republican control.
On opening day, the newly independent senator caused a stir when he arrived in the chamber carrying a folding chair, which he intended to place in the center aisle of the Senate chamber. Satisfied that he had gotten sufficient media attention, he abandoned that plan and returned to his old desk on the Republican side.
Morse realized that his defection would cost him his seniority on the Armed Services and Labor committees, but he believed that his eight years of Senate seniority entitled him at least to remain on these prime committees. Consequently, he was unprepared for Majority Leader Robert Taft’s decision that he be removed altogether from the Labor Committee—his most prized assignment. Morse responded by invoking a Senate rule—unused for more than a century—requiring the entire Senate to vote on each assigned committee seat. As a result, when Republican Leader Taft and Democratic Leader Lyndon Johnson submitted their slates of committee assignments, they removed Morse’s name from both Labor and Armed Services, while leaving places for him on the District of Columbia and Public Works committees. The fiery maverick responded with a blast against Taft’s “terroristic device to compel compliance and insure subordination.”
Believing that many senators quietly sympathized with his plight, Morse nominated himself to Armed Services and Labor. When the Senate voted on January 13, 1953, however, only seven members rallied to his side. Surprised and embarrassed, the Oregon senator branded those on whom he had counted as “gutless wonders." Angrily, he turned down New York Democratic Senator Herbert Lehman’s offer of his own seat on the Labor Committee as well as what he called Leader Taft’s “garbage can” appointments.
Instead, Morse vowed to fight for a compromise that would have added him and one Republican to Labor and Armed Services. The Senate eventually rejected Morse’s “compromise” and he reluctantly took the seats he had earlier spurned. Two years later, with the Democrats back in the majority and with the promise of assignments to the Banking and Foreign Relations committees, Morse gave up his Independent status and joined the Democratic party.