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 MenendezConfirm Julien Neals for the district of New Jersey Puerto Rico task force asks for help in charting island's economic course Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense 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.