Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today announced the
Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 2nd Session of the 115th Congress.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will join the powerful Senate Finance
Committee. Whitehouse released the following statement on his new
“I thank Senator Schumer for his confidence in
me. It will be an honor to serve on the Senate Finance Committee.
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. And I’m proud to say Rhode Island is now represented on the two
most powerful committees in the Senate. I look forward to getting to
The Finance Committee is charged with
considering legislation on a range of key issues for Americans, including
taxation, customs and trade, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
(TANF), and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax
or trust fund.
With Whitehouse’s new assignment, Rhode Island
now has representation on two of the Senate’s most powerful committees.
Rhode Island’s senior Senator, Jack Reed (D-RI), is a member of the
Appropriations Committee, which writes legislation to allocate funding across
the federal government.
“This is good news for Rhode Island,” said
Senator Reed. “Senator Whitehouse is following in the footsteps of the
late Senator John Chafee, who used his seat on Finance for the betterment of
Rhode Islanders when it came to healthcare, tax policy, and trade. I know
Senator Whitehouse will make the same effort to reach across the aisle and find
solutions just as Senator Chafee did. This committee assignment is a
recognition of Senator Whitehouse’s expertise and hard work and puts him in an
even better position to advocate for Rhode Island priorities.”
In light of his new assignment, Whitehouse
will leave the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the
Special Committee on Aging. Whitehouse will maintain his positions on the
Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, and Budget Committees.