November 18, 2008

McConnell Selects Crapo To Lead Committee On Committees

Will head negotiations on Republican committee assignments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for the Committee assignments during the 111th Congress. The assignment marks the third consecutive Congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate.

"Mike has been a strong leader in the Senate and is well respected by his colleagues," said Senator McConnell. "He has done a superior job of negotiating committee assignments during the last two Congresses, and I have full confidence that Mike will continue to make the conscientious and deliberative decisions which made him a natural choice to head the Committee on Committees."

The Committee on Committees negotiates the process of assigning Republican Senators to committees. After general elections, Senate party leaders negotiate the ratios on standing committees. Crapo will provide leadership in the negotiations surrounding subsequent committee assignments.

"It is truly an honor to again be selected for this Chairmanship and I thank the Leader for his confidence," Senator Crapo said. "With the tall order of business facing the Senate and our nation, I look forward to working with Leader McConnell and my colleagues through an orderly process to finalize our committee assignments for the 111th Congress."