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) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' 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.