Aging Policy Leaders Emerge in Congress
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Aging Policy Leaders Emerge in Congress

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February 22, 2013

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After the election, we shared news on new committee chairs in Congress. Subcommittee leaders are now being named, and there are significant changes related to aging policy.

House

In the House, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) is now Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) is the new Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, as the former chair, Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT), opted to run for the Senate.

Senate

In the Senate, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) was named Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and there is also new leadership on the Republican side with Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) now serving as Vice Chairman (the title given to the Committee’s ranking minority member).

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) takes over from Sen. Shelby as Ranking Member of the Labor-HHS Subcommittee.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joins Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as the new leaders of the Aging Committee.

Senators new to the Aging Committee include Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tim Scott (D-SC), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

On the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is now the new Ranking Member of the full committee, and Sen. Richard Burr (R-TN) replaces Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as Ranking Member of the Primary Health and Aging Subcommittee.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) remains Chairman of the HELP Committee and the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, with significant roles on policy and funding of the Older Americans Act and a number of other programs for vulnerable Americans.

However, with the recent announcement of plans to retire at the end of the 113th Congress, expect Sen. Harkin to step up efforts on a number of his priorities before new leadership takes his place.

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