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Wicker remains on Senate Commerce Committee, adds budget panel to assignments

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker received assignments today to five Senate committees for the 113th Congress.

Mississippi’s junior senator remains on the Armed Services Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. In addition, he will serve on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC).

“These committees will provide opportunities to continue representing the interests of people across Mississippi,” said Wicker, who also retained his position as deputy Republican whip.

Wicker is the second-most senior Republican on the Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a far-reaching range of issues, including telecommunications, transportation and infrastructure matters, aviation, space, the Coast Guard, oceans and fisheries, and consumer safety.

No word yet on Sen. Thad Cochran’s committee assignments. Mississippi’s farming sector is looking for signs the state’s senior senator will shift over as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee to become Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee, where the Republican lawmaker would take a key role in framing a new Farm Bill extension. The committee’s current Ranking Member, Pat Roberts of Kansas, has indicated he wants to remain as the leading Republican on the panel.

Maneuvering for the ag panel seat will be watched closely by agricultural interests from the South and Midwest. Southern rice and peanut producers complained that last year’s farm bill that passed the Senate but died in the House heavily reflected the interests of corn and wheat growers from the Midwest.


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