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Capitol Correspondence - 12.01.20

Musical Chairs: How Many Congressional Committee Seats Will Be Up for Grabs?

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To help our members understand how the congressional landscape will be changing and to inform their advocacy, we are sharing this infographic from Politico Datapoint. As stated in the infographic, “At least 55 Representatives, 8 Senators will be vacating committees. The House Armed Services and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions [HELP] committees will see the highest turnover due to the 2020 general election. Twelve representatives and four senators from each committee either lost their reelection bids or did not run for another term. Committee departures will be an important consideration in determining committee assignments for freshmen members of the 117th Congress. The steering committees in charge of assignments will need to consider the balance of power between parties on each committee.”

Below we list the committees of particular relevance to ANCOR members and the number of seats vacant in them:

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees Medicaid issues, will have 10 openings (4 Democratic, 6 Republican).
  • The House Appropriations Committee, which sets funding levels for the government overall including Medicaid, will have five openings (3 Democratic, 2 Republican).
  • The House Education and Labor Committee, which oversees employment issues, will have five openings (2 Democratic, 3 Republican).
  • The Senate HELP committee, which oversees employment issues, will have four openings (1 Democratic, 3 Republican).
  • The Senate Finance committee, which oversees Medicaid issues, will have two openings (one from each party).