Obama Announces New Committee Assignments
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today announced that during the 110th Congress he will serve on four committees: the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Senator Obama served on three committees during the 109th Congress. He will no longer serve on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
"Keeping the American people safe should always be our top priority, and I pledge to work to secure our nation's chemical plants and to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs," said Obama. "I also hope to continue working with Democrats and Republicans like Senator Tom Coburn to stop wasteful no-bid contracting abuse, and to pass meaningful ethics reforms as quickly as possible. As a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, I hope to address the growing health care crisis in our country and focus on legislation that will help working families adjust to the ever-changing global economy.
"I look forward to working with Senator Durbin, whose influence will greatly increase as the Majority Whip, to help improve the lives of our constituents."
Previously, Senator Obama has worked with Senator Coburn to pass the legislation that will make government spending more accountable and transparent by establishing a public database to track federal grants and contracts. They also worked to pass legislation to stop no-bid contracting abuse in the aftermath of a disaster.