Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Udall Wins Spot on Senate Appropriations Committee

New Mexico's two U.S. senators today found out what committees they probably will be assigned to. .

Sen. Tom Udall will be serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He also got assigned to the Foreign Relations, Environmental & Public Works, Indian Affairs and the Rules & Administration committees.

Newly elected senator Martin Heinrich got a seat on the Energy Committee, currently chaired by outgoing Sen. Jeff Bingaman. He also got a spot on the Intelligence Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

These were the choices of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee, which are subject to approval by the full Democratic caucus, then approval of an organizing resolution by the full Senate when the 113th Congress convenes next month.

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's office announced that Lujan has been appointed to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which deals with issues in the areas of telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.