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November 19, 2012

Changes likely for Congressional committees with jurisdiction over chemical industry issues

Joy LePree

The 113th Congress will see several changes in leadership of Congressional Committees that have jurisdiction over some of the chemical industry’s top legislative issues, according to the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA).

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) must step down as ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee due to term limits, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is expected to take his spot as the top republican on the committee, which has jurisdiction over the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Senators Inhofe and Vitter will likely work together very closely on the committee, as they have in the past. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will remain chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Retiring Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has been chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and he will likely be replaced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE). The committee’s Ranking Member, Susan Collins (R-ME), must be replaced as a result of Republican term-limit rules. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) will likely become the ranking member.

House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Peter Kind (R-NY) has to step down as a result of term limits. Candice Miller (R-MI), Mike Rogers (R-AL) or Michael McCaul (R-TX) could possibly replace King as chairman, or King may seek a term-limit waiver from leadership.

Leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to remain the same with Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA). Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) will probably also remain chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which has jurisdiction over TSCA.


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