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will a new organizing resolution be passed? (Original Post) rampartc Jan 2021 OP
I'm sure, yes. But damn, it should not have taken this long. servermsh Jan 2021 #1
who is the pres pro tem? rampartc Jan 2021 #2
No, it is Leahy :) servermsh Jan 2021 #3
I think what they are doing is re-jiggering the committees BumRushDaShow Jan 2021 #4


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1. I'm sure, yes. But damn, it should not have taken this long.
Sun Jan 31, 2021, 07:27 PM
Jan 2021

And there is no announcement yet of when the vote will happen. Or the specifics of what is in the agreement.


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4. I think what they are doing is re-jiggering the committees
Sun Jan 31, 2021, 08:40 PM
Jan 2021

and that usually happens within each caucus in their own special committees. Since Democrats netted enough to bring the total to a 50-50 split, then they have to move some around and since the last 2 Democrats (plus VP Harris' replacement) didn't come in until after everyone else was sworn in and the committees were initially setup with the 2 loser GOP memebers, they have to do some adjustments (and they might trying to do it strategically within the restrictions that the rules place on them for how many committees someone can be on, etc). In any case, Democrats WILL be Chairs.

Committee Membership


The committee assignment process in the Senate is guided by Senate rules along with party rules and practices. Most new members arrive at the Senate with a "wish list" of committee assignments. They recognize that appointment to committees with a special impact on the interests of their states and regions can promote their own legislative effectiveness. For Senate party leaders, the committee appointment process offers a means of promoting party discipline through the granting or withholding of desired assignments.

Until the mid-19th century, the Senate made committee appointments either by vote of the full body or decision of its presiding officer. The first method proved inordinately time consuming; the second provoked controversy and dissatisfaction. Finally, in 1846, members agreed to a procedure under which both political parties within the Senate would submit for the full body's approval a slate of members to fill the various committee seats. This new plan fostered development of Senate party conferences (Democrats informally use the designation "caucus&quot . Independents and members of third parties have received committee assignments through one or the other of the major party conferences.

In the practice of recent years, party conferences convene before the start of each new Congress to elect leaders and determine committee assignments. Each party conference appoints a "committee on committees" to prepare a roster of members it wishes named to the party's specifically allotted committee seats. The percentage of a party's representation within the Senate determines the percentage of seats it will gain on each committee, although exact numbers are subject to negotiation between party floor leaders.

Party conference rules provide that each newly elected senator may choose a committee assignment before any other newly elected member is allowed to make a second committee choice. New senators make their selections according to a priority system that gives first choice to those who have previously served in the Senate, then to those with prior House service, and finally to those who served as their state's governor. All other new members have their order of choice determined by random drawing.

The Role of Seniority in Selection of Chairmen and Ranking Members

Traditionally, the majority party member with the greatest seniority on a particular committee serves as its chairman. When the Republican Party gained the majority in 1995, it altered its conference rules to allow Republicans on individual committees to vote by secret ballot for their committee's chairman, irrespective of that member's seniority. This adjustment was a logical consequence of the party's larger decision to place a six-year term limit on the service of its chairmen or, when in the minority, its ranking members.

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