Senate GOP leaders on Monday announced their conference's new committee assignments for the next Congress, when Republicans will officially add to their numbers in the upper chamber and take control of oversight panels.
With Republicans in the majority next year, the GOP will have a 54-46 advantage in the Senate, thereby providing them with extra seats on committees. Democrats had a 55-45 advantage in the Congress that’s about to wrap up, so they occupied more slots than Republicans on each panel.
Republicans will gain two seats on the following committees: Agriculture; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking; Budget; Commerce; Energy; Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; and Rules and Administration.
Republicans will also gain two seats on the Joint Economic Committee and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
They will gain one seat on: Finance, Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Judiciary, Small Business and Veterans Affairs.
The Committee on Committees, led by Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoBeware of the bank deregulation Trojan horseSenate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTADems rip Trump's Fed pick as Senate panel mulls three key nomineesMORE (R-Idaho), was responsible for the committee assignments.
At the beginning of next year, Senate Republicans will have to ratify all of the committee assignments. Republican members on each panel will then select their respective chairman and then those chairmen will have to be approved by the GOP conference.
The only race hanging in the balance is for the Budget Committee gavel. Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusionOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposalOvernight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE (R-Ala.), currently its ranking member, was slated to become chairman until Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration frameworkMulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusionOvernight Finance: Breaking down Trump's budget | White House finally releases infrastructure plan | Why it faces a tough road ahead | GOP, Dems feud over tax-cut aftermath | Markets reboundMORE (R-Wyo.) decided to jump into the race.
Enzi holds more seniority on the panel because of lots they both drew when they entered the Senate in 1997. The lots said that, if they both joined the same committee in the same year, Enzi would have the upper hand. They both joined the Budget Committee in 2003.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary statesAfter Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forwardMORE (I-Vt.) was selected late last week to become the Budget panel’s ranking member next year.
The announced assignments weren't much of a surprise except that Sen.-elect Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAt least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington togetherOvernight Tech: Intel chief says 'no doubt' Russia will meddle in midterms | Dems press FCC over net neutrality comments | Bill aims to bridge rural-urban digital divide | FCC to review rules on children's TVSenators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divideMORE (R-W.Va.) did not earn a spot on the Banking Committee. She previously served on the House Financial Services panel and is an ally of the banking industry.
Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who defeated incumbent Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warnsYou want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossibleCNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy'MORE (D-La.) in the Senate runoff earlier this month, won a spot on the HELP Committee.
Earlier this month, Cassidy proclaimed that dismantling ObamaCare will be his top priority in the 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene on Jan. 6.
— Vicki Needham, Kevin Cirilli and Sarah Ferris contributed.
Senate leadership has released its full committee assignments for 2017. Subcommittee assignments in the Senate and full committee assignments in the House have not yet been released.
Members of the Senate Appropriations Committees include: Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
Members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee include: Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Bob Corker (R-TN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), David Perdue (R-GA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ben Sasse (R-NE); John Kennedy (R-LA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).
Members of the Senate Budget Committee include: Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bob Corker (R-TN), David Perdue (R-GA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Members of the Senate Finance Committee include: Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Carper (D-DE), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
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See all Senate Democratic Committee assignments for the 115th Congress at: http://bit.ly/2iciuio