Whitehouse appointed to Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was appointed to the Senate Finance Committee by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday, the only major committee assignment of a Rhode Island legislator in Congress.

“I thank Senator Schumer for his confidence in me. … This post will help me continue to address issues Rhode Islanders care about most, like protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors and making our tax code fairer for middle-class families. It will also give me new opportunities to advance policies I’ve been fighting for since I arrived in the Senate, like improving how we deliver health care and battling climate change.”

Whitehouse will step down from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as the Special Committee on Aging.

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Senate Committee appointments:

Sen. Jack F. Reed, D-R.I.

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  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Armed Services – Ranking member
  • Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
  • Select Committee on Intelligence

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

  • Committee on the Budget
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on the Judiciary

 Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.

  • Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Committee on Small Business and Entreprenuership

Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, D-Mass.

  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Rhode Island U.S. House of Representatives Committees

Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I.

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on the Judiciary

Rep. James R. Langevin, D-R.I.

  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Committee on Homeland Security

Bristol County Mass. U.S. House of Representatives Committees

Rep. William R. Keating, D-Mass.

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on Homeland Security

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass.

  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.