Chair: Bob Casey
Projected Grade for the 117th Congress
0 Investigative Oversight Hearings
1 Policy/Legislative Hearings
10 Total HearingsLast updated: Nov. 24, 2021, 11 a.m.
As a special committee, the Aging committee has no legislative authority, nor any nomination responsibilities. It can issue reports, hold hearings and investigate reports of fraud and abuse in programs for the elderly. It frequently reviews Medicare, and regularly looks into issues like age discrimination, phone scams that target the old, and nursing home practices. There is no House counterpart. It has no subcommittees.
Despite its diffuse jurisdiction and lack of legislative or nomination responsibilities, the committee has been relatively active over the years. In the 116th Congress (2019-20) under Chair Susan Collins (R, Me.) it held 21 hearings, the fewest of the period, but still more than the Agriculture committee (which held 14). That was a drop from the previous Congress under Sen. Collins, when it held 23 hearings and the 114th Congress, where it held 29 hearings under Sen. Collins' leadership.
In the 116th Congress under Chair Collins the committee held seven policy oversight hearings (the committee rarely conducts legislative oversight.) For the previous five Congresses it had averaged about 10 policy hearings each Congress.
However, the committee punched above its weight on investigative oversight under Chair Collins in the 114th (2015-16) and 115th Congresses with seven investigative hearings over that time. In the 116th, the committee held just one investigative hearing on "Protecting Seniors from the Social Security Impersonation Scams" in January 2020.
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116th Congress: Susan Collins (R-ME)
117th Congress: Bob Casey (D-PA)
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Senate Committee on Aging0 Investigative Oversight Hearings; 0% historical maximum
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* Adjustments have been applied so that committees' grades are not lowered by the constraints on hearings caused by Covid-19 [oversight-index.thelugarcenter.org/covid-19-statement]