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November 15, 2006
 by Christina Larson
Christina Larson

SENATORS' SEATS ... Incoming senators have their committee assignments. Montana's Sen-elect Jon Tester has been tapped for the Energy committee, which ought to be a hotspot over the next two years. I'm a little disappointed, though, that the first organic farmer turned senator didn't also get a spot on the Agriculture committee; next year's Farm Bill promises to be an epic showdown among traditional ag interests, conservationists, and energy proponents -- Tester would have been welcome.

I'd been waiting to hear whether Virginia's Sen-elect Jim Webb would be tapped for Armed Services, Foreign Relations, or Veterans Affairs -- it turns out he was tapped for all three. All the more reason for the administration to hope to see Bob Gates confirmed before the New Year. Christina Larson 12:38 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (4)


One of the big stories here in Montana is that Baucus and Reid came out and promised Tester that if he won they'd "do their best" to get him on the Appropriations committee. Burns had been running on bringing home the money to Montana. So now it turns out they can't find a spot for him. A lot of Republicans here are having some fun with that one.

Posted by: BRussell on November 15, 2006 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Tester will get Appropriations in 2009, after Lautenberg retires and gives up his spot.

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