During the 116th Congress, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse will serve as the only new member of the Select Intelligence Committee and as the Senate Republican designee on the newly-created Cyber Commission. Sasse will continue to serve on the Judiciary, Banking, and Joint Economic Committees.
“It is an honor to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” said Senator Sasse. “The Intel Committee has a unique national security role. Chairman Burr and Ranking Member Warner have worked closely on some of the most sensitive and pressing threats to the United States ? from the returning challenge of competing powers like China and Russia to the continued threat of cyberwar. The Intelligence Committee is where Congress wrestles most frequently with these challenges, and I’m eager to work with my colleagues in open and closed session.”
“The Intel Committee is usually the first to dive into Congress’ national security debates and, given the serious nature of our work, it’s important that we work in a deliberate way,” said Chairman Burr. “Ben does his homework and is ready to help this committee provide oversight of our Intelligence Community’s work as we face down threats around the globe.”
Relatedly, Sasse was named by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to be a member of the Cyber Solarium Commission.
“We’re in the age of cyberwar and America isn’t ready for it,” said Senator Sasse. “Washington isn’t doing enough to protect the American people from new and emerging cyber threats from China, Russia, and other adversaries. I’ve been pushing Washington to get serious about these threats and draft a badly-needed cyber playbook. An offensive and defensive strategy is long overdue and this commission needs to work with urgency. Let’s get this done.”