Senators Announce New Committee Assignments
The 2018 midterms brought new members to the Senate. Hence, there will be changes regarding Committee memberships, especially on the Democratic side. Among the impacted Senators are Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). Duckworth, an Army veteran, will now serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over defense, military operations, servicemember pay and retirement, military family benefits, and more. “My buddies in Iraq refused to leave me behind, and I want to make sure that they don’t ever regret those sacrifices that gave me a second chance at life,” Duckworth said. “I’m eager to get to work on the many critical national security issues our nation faces as well as to ensure our troops have the resources, support and moral authority they deserve.” She will join the Committee after having a similar role during her time in the lower chamber when she served on the House Armed Services Committee for four years. She will maintain her posts on Commerce, Science & Transportation; Environment & Public Works; and Small Business & Entrepreneurship, though she will no longer serve on Energy & Natural Resources. Cortez Masto will join the Senate Finance Committee, where she will have oversight on matters related to taxation and other revenue measures; the bonded debt of the U.S.; customs; trade agreements; tariff and import quotas; health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and other health and human services programs; and national social security. “I will continue working on the issues that matter most to Nevadans – like defending their health care, expanding affordable housing in our rural and urban communities, ensuring Nevada’s small businesses have every opportunity to succeed and create good paying jobs, protecting our public lands while also prioritizing economic opportunity and growth, and honoring the federal government’s trust relationship with our Native communities.” Cortez Masto, the newly elected Chair of the DSCC, will no longer serve on the Commerce Committee. However, she retains her posts on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Energy & Natural Resources; Rules & Administration; Aging; and Indian Affairs. Committee memberships are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January. More here.