Friday, April 19, 2013

Useless Senate Trivia 4

The composition of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.  Green = 1 Senator.  Purple = 2 Senators. This is the most Southern-dominated committee.  All but 2 states of the Confederacy are represented on this committee.  From the Committee's website:
As specified in Rule XXV, 1(c)(1) of the Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee on Armed Services' has the following jurisdiction:
1. Aeronautical and space activities peculiar to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations.
2. Common defense.
3. Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, generally.
4. Maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone.
5. Military research and development.
6. National security aspects of nuclear energy.
7. Naval petroleum reserves, except those in Alaska.
8. Pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents.
9. Selective service system.
10. Strategic and critical materials necessary for the common defense.
The Senate has also given the committee the authority to study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to the common defense policy of the United States, and report thereon from time to time.
Top 10 States with the most military bases (including Coast Guard. Technically the Coast Guard falls under the jurisdiction of the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee):
  1. California - 33
  2. Virginia - 27
  3. Florida - 21
  4. Texas - 15
  5. Georgia - 12
  6. Hawaii - 11
  7. Maryland - 11
  8. D.C. - 10
  9. Alaska - 9
  10. New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina - 8 each
States on the committee are bolded.  Funny, New Hampshire has 1 military base, but 2 Senators on the committee versus California with 33 and no Senators.

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