As Democratic Leader, Senator Schumer does not serve on any committees in the Senate. Most recently, he served as Ranking Member of the Committee on Rules and Administration, on the Senate Judiciary Committee as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
The Rules Committee has jurisdiction over federal elections including the qualifications and credentials of Senators, contested elections, oversight of the Federal Election Commission and the Election Assistance Commission. The Committee oversees Senate procedures, rules, and buildings, and every four years, leads the planning of the Presidential Inauguration at the Capitol through the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
The Committee on the Judiciary oversees federal law enforcement, all federal courts, and key policy areas including anti-terrorism measures, copyright and patent law, immigration policy, and bankruptcy protection. The Committee has review power over all nominations for life-time judicial appointments, including those to the Supreme Court, as well as to key positions in the Department of Justice, such as the Attorney General and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Senate Finance Committee is the committee of jurisdiction for many issues vital to the U.S. economy. The Finance Committee writes legislation related to the U.S tax code and tax policy; the Internal Revenue Service; trade issues, such as international trade agreements, Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers, and tariffs and duties; many issues related to private and private pension plans, including 401(k) plans and IRAs; and unemployment insurance. The Finance Committee also has jurisdiction over the Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs.
The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs oversees the United States’ financial system and institutions, monetary policy, housing, community development and transit programs. The committee also works to protect consumers by focusing on issues such as credit card interest rates and disclosure, low income housing and shareholders' rights.