Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Other Shoe - In the Senate Conference Room

With George Allen and Conrad Burns' concessions, it is now clear that our next Congress will be organized at least nominally by the Democrats. I suppose there could still be a curve if Joe Lieberman were to cast his lot with the Republicans. That seems unlikely and even if he had such thoughts, he could probably get more if he decided to do it somewhere down the line, a la Jim Jeffords.

Which means that come early January after the 110th Congress is sworn in, business will have not only George Miller in charge of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, but Ted Kennedy, chairing the Senate counterpart, Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.

The sub-committee with jurisdiction over many of the federal employment statutes, Employment and Workplace Safety, could be chaired by Patty Murray (D-Washington) the current ranking member, although there could be shuffling among the various Democrats now that they are talking about chairs rather than ranking member status.

If nothing else, it should make for interesting posts.


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