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Feb 13, 2014 8:04 PM by MTN News - Helena

Walsh nominated to serve on 4 U.S. Senate committees

HELENA - U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-MT) has been nominated to serve on four committees.

Walsh took office on Monday after being appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to replace the vacancy left by Max Baucus, who was confirmed last week at the U.S. Ambassador to China.

A news release from Walsh's office says that he has been nominated to serve on the following committees:

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Oversees policy affecting agricultural production as well as national forests and timber, including implementation of the recently-passed Farm Bill.
Commerce, Science and Transportation: Has jurisdiction over issues including communications, highways, aviation, rail, shipping, transportation security, fisheries, climate change, disasters, science, space, interstate commerce, tourism, consumer issues, economic development, technology, and insurance.

Rules and Administration: Has jurisdiction over several broad areas, including administration of the Senate Office Buildings and the Senate wing of the Capitol, including the assignment of office space; Congressional organization relative to rules and procedures, and Senate rules and regulations, including floor and gallery rules; Corrupt practices; Credentials and qualifications of Members of the Senate, contested elections, and acceptance of incompatible offices.Federal elections generally, including the election of the President, Vice President, and Members of the Congress.

Special Committee on Aging: The Special Committee on Aging serves as a focal point in the Senate for discussion and debate on matters relating to older Americans. In addition, the Committee publishes materials of assistance to those interested in public policies which relate to the elderly.

Committee appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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