Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today announced they will serve as administrative co-chairmen of the Senate’s National Security Working Group (NSWG), a bipartisan association of senators founded in 1985 as a forum for bipartisan discussions, briefings and other activities regarding cross-jurisdictional national security matters.
While the group initially focused on monitoring executive branch negotiations with foreign governments on arms control, weapons of mass destruction and missile defense, its activities have expanded to include policy examinations of terrorism, export controls and other issues to be determined by the administrative co-chairs in consultation with Senate leadership.
“I have been impressed by Senator Rubio’s work as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I look forward to working together with him to revive the National Security Working Group and provide critical oversight of the executive branch’s negotiations with foreign governments,” said Feinstein. “Our country faces no shortage of national security and foreign policy challenges including arms control, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and emerging cyber threats. It is our hope the National Security Working Group will serve as a constructive forum for all senators to actively participate in these and other security matters.”
“It is vital to our country’s defense and foreign policy objectives that the Senate consider the wide range of issues that cut across different committees to advance America’s interests around the world,” said Rubio. “I look forward to working with Senator Feinstein to foster a productive working environment within the NSWG that that allows Senators to confront the many national security challenges facing our country. In particular, given the administration’s recent announcements about missile defense and reports of a potential new round of arms control discussions with Russia, I see great value in the group continuing its traditional role of overseeing the executive branch’s policies on those issues as well as examining new and emerging threats.”