New Sen. Markey snags Foreign Relations, Commerce, Small Biz assignments

Foreign Relations has jurisdiction over various international climate efforts, such as efforts to help spur low-carbon development abroad.

Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea? Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) months ago floated the possibility of a hearing on the proposed  Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, but it hasn’t materialized.

Commerce, meanwhile, oversees agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, which have key climate data and research roles.