Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Specter Will Be Junior Democrat on Committees

May 5, 2009, 8:55 p.m.
By John Stanton
Roll Call Staff

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Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Specter will be put at the end of the seniority line on all his committees but one under a resolution approved on the floor late Tuesday.

Under the modified organizing resolution, Specter will not keep his committee seniority on any of the five committees that he serves on and will be the junior Democrat on all but one — the chamber’s Special Committee on Aging. On that committee, he will be next to last in seniority.

As a result, Specter — who as a Republican was ranking member on the Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, as well as ranking member of the panel’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education — will now rank behind all the other Democrats, at least until the end of this Congress.

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"But as a matter of principle, I'm becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach."

Hello again Arlen:

Well its a good thing you are much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach to things now that you are with 'em in both name and inclination. From where I stand, its looking like they do indeed share your "principles." Still, I think it must have come to you as something rather worse than a bad surprise to suddenly be a junior senator again. So much for Democrat promises.... hehehehe

As the saying goes: "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it."

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