WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders has been elevated to the highly effective function of Senate Finances Committee Chairman because the Democratic Social gathering continues its metamorphosis beneath the brand new Biden administration.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer on Tuesday introduced the committee memberships for the brand new 117th Congress and in addition confirmed that West Virginia centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, who’s rapidly rising as a strong voice within the higher chamber, would lead the Senate Energy & Pure Sources Committee.
After damaging allegations about her flagging psychological acuity emerged within the press late final yr, 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein additionally stepped apart and has been changed because the chair of the highly effective Senate Judiciary Committee by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.
Manchin and Sanders each served because the minority leaders on their respective committees however have been elevated to the chairmanships after Republicans misplaced the Senate majority earlier this yr.
As chair of the finances committee, Sanders, an impartial senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, shall be in control of shepherding Biden’s plans for tax reform by way of a narrowly-divided Congress.
In the meantime, Manchin will serve a singular function on the vitality and pure sources committee because the senator from coal-rich West Virginia.
The Democrat lawmaker has embraced Biden’s aim of internet zero emissions by 2050, however has pushed again on progressives’ calls to remove the nation’s use of fossil fuels.
In latest weeks, Manchin has additionally warned his Democrat colleagues towards impeaching former President Donald Trump, calling it “so ill-advised.”
Final week, he ripped Vice President Kamala Harris for showing on native TV stations in his state in what was perceived as a transfer to push him into supporting Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue bundle.