Sanders, Warner Tapped to Chair Powerful Senate Committees
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will chair the Senate Budget Committee while Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will take the top post for the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to assignments announced Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced choices for budget chairs and members, a few weeks after Democrats took control of the upper chamber. Sanders takes over from Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). Warner takes over from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Other chairs include Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee while Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the former ranking member, will chair the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Republicans haven’t announced Senate committee assignments as of yet.