Senate VA Committee Chairman Murray Steps Down
Following the most recent election, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has announced that she will step down. Senator Murray has announced that she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on the Budget in the 113th Congress, which begins in January. She is widely expected to receive approval from her fellow Senate Democrats for the position.
Senator Murray’s move appears to open the door for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to seek the Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Senator Sanders caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate for the purpose of determining committee assignments and establishing the balance of power in the Senate. Senator Sanders has been a strong supporter of The Independent Budget—co-authored by AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. We believe that veterans issues will continue to receive appropriate emphasis under his leadership on the Senate VA Committee.
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