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The 113th Session of Congress is in full swing with both the Senate and House now tackling key issues such as the budget, immigration and gun control. Given that legislative proposals first work their way through the various committees, the Members of Congress who make up those committees have significant input in setting the legislative agenda. Below, please find a summary of the leadership on the key House and Senate Committees that deal with issues impacting small business.
The House Committee on Small Business will be chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) with Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) serving as Ranking Member. Both are resuming their leadership roles from the 112th Congress. On the Senate side, Chair Mary Landrieu (D – LA) will retain her chairmanship while Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) will serve as Ranking Member, taking over for long-time Committee member and former Chair Oympia Snowe (R-Maine) who retired at the end of the 112th Congress.
When it comes to taxes and fiscal policy, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will likely spend a considerable amount of time debating deficits, revenues, and spending as all will be key factors in consideration of comprehensive tax reform legislation in 2013. The House Ways and Means Committee is led by Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) with Sander Levin (D-Mich.) serving as Ranking Member. The Senate Finance Committee is led by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) serving as Ranking Member. Both committees’ leadership remains intact from the 112th Congress.
On the health care and employment policy front, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will be led by Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) who is resuming his chairmanship from the 112th Congress. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) replaces Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) as Ranking Member. In the House, the committee that deals with health care and employment policy is the Education and Workforce Committee which will be chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.)with Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) serving as the Ranking Member. Both men are resuming their roles from the 112th Congress.
The Senate Judiciary Committee oversees immigration, antitrust and cybersecurity issues, among others, and will be chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is resuming his chairmanship from the 112th Congress, along with Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The House Judiciary Committee will be chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) who is replacing Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) as Chairman while Rep. John Conyers (R-Mich.) continues as Ranking Member.
Overseeing the banking and financial industries is the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) who remains Chairman from the 112th Congress, and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) replaces Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) as Ranking Member. In the House, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) replaces Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) replaces Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) as Ranking Member.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be chaired by Sen. Ron Wyden (D – Ore.) who is taking over for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska) will serve as the Ranking Member on the Committee. Its House counterpart, the Energy and Commerce Committee will be chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) serving as Ranking Member, both men retain their positions from the 112th Congress.
NSBA congratulates the new and returning leaders of these various Congressional Committees and looks forward to working with each of them in the coming months and years.
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