Senator Tester Appointed Chair of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs >>

February 14th, 2014

Senator Tester Appointed Chair of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China. Baucus’ confirmation set off a series of seat changes among the leadership of four key Senate Committees.

* Most importantly to Indian Country, Senator John Tester (D-MT) will take over as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA). Tester has been a very active Member of the SCIA, and many expect him to be a hands on Chairman of the Committee.

In addition to Senator Tester taking the SCIA Chair, several other committees were impacted:

* Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) takes over as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has exclusive jurisdiction over tax issues;

* Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) takes the gavel of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal lands legislation and other issues of importance to Indian Country; and

* former SCIA Chair Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) moves to lead the Senate Committee on Small Business, which has jurisdiction over the Native 8(a) program and other related issues.

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