Newly elected Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and newly appointed (by Mark Dayton, governor of Minnesota) Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) were recently appointed to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In a press release from Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee, she stated “Senator Tina Smith and Senator Doug Jones both have strong records of standing up for working families, and I’m pleased to welcome them both to the HELP Committee.”
The Senate HELP Committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials and other matters relating to a wide variety of topics. These may include: measures relating to education, labor, health and public welfare, equal employment opportunity, individuals with disabilities and student loans (just to name a few).
Senator Jones and Senator Smith will replace former Senator Al Franken (D-MN), who recently resigned from the Senate, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rhode Island’s junior Senator who was recently given a coveted seat on the Senate Finance Committee. In a press release from Senator Whitehouse, it was explained that “In light of his new assignment, Whitehouse will leave the Senate HELP Committee and the Special Committee on Aging.” The current HELP Committee, including the new Senators, consists of 12 Republican Senators and 11 Democratic Senators.