Senators Feinstein and Rubio to head Senate National Security Working Group

The Senate National Security Working Group has recently found new co-chairs in Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

"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," Feinstein said.

The NSWG is a bipartisan association of senators that was founded in 1985 in order to act as a place where the senators could discuss bipartisan issues, have briefings, and participate in other activities regarding cross-jurisdictional national security issues.

The initial focus of the group was monitoring executive branch negotiations with foreign governments on arms control, weapons of mass destruction and missile defense. Its current duties include examining policies of involving terrorism, export controls and other issues.

"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," Rubio said. "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."