WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and Republicans have finalized appointments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Legislation affecting retirement, labor law and workplace issues are under the initial jurisdiction of this committee, which is chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).


Tom Harkin (Iowa), chairman
Michael Bennet (Colo.)
Jeff Bingaman (N.M.)
Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)
Robert Casey (Pa.)

Al Franken (Minn.)
Jeff Merkley (Ore.)
Barbara Mikulski (Md.)
Patty Murray (Wash.)
Bernard Sanders (Vt.)
Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)


Michael Enzi (Wyo.), ranking
Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Johnny Isakson (Ga.)

Mark Kirk (Ill.)
John McCain (Ariz.)
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Rand Paul (Ky.)
Pat Roberts (Kans.)

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), a long-time friend of the UTU, will be the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee when the new Congress is seated in 2011.
With the defeat Nov. 2 of Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), who had been chairman of the committee and would have become the ranking Democrat when Republicans take control, Rahall will be exercising his seniority to become the lead Democrat on the T&I committee.
The move was confirmed Nov. 9 by the publication, POLITICO, which cited, as its source, a spokesperson for Rahall.
Most air, bus and rail transportation legislation before the House of Representatives is first considered by the T&I Committee.
The Republican expected to chair the T&I Committee is Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is expected to chair the committee