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There will be a titanic struggle between Democrats and Republicans about the committee assignment of newly elected Elizabeth Warren. By virtue of Warren's proven advocacy for the middle class and her philosophical and academic background, she should receive an automatic assignment to the Senate Banking Committee, the obvious place where she could serve America best.

Will it happen? As much as logic and, hopefully the Democratic leadership, will put Warren on the Banking Committee, Republicans with their banking and Wall Street masters want to keep her off it. Republicans rightfully fear that Warren will pry their choke-hold off the middle class and make Wall Street malefactors accountable for their economic crimes (read: jail sentences).  

The joker in the deck is how much and to what extent Democratic senators owe obeisance to Wall Street campaign money. The decision of Warren's committee assignment rests largely with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Will he put Warren on the Banking Committee or the Committee of the Library? As always, judge our politicians on what they do (and how they vote), not on what they say. Watch and see what the Democrats and Harry Reid do.

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Comment Preferences

  •  make (5+ / 0-)

    Dems put warren there. Organize

    •  Yes, all the people that GOTV for Warren and went (5+ / 0-)

      over their budget did not do it for kicks. The grassroots re-elected the President. We need to pressure the President, Vice-President, all congress critters to do what we want.

      Not what we expect. What we want.

      My favorites bar is expanding. I'll find out how to turn the url in sig to a link.

      I'm waiting to see if Warren is invited to the meeting President Obama is holding. I've sent him and Senator Kerry emails. Phone call to Kerry tommorrow, tell him, then request a transfer to Reids' office.

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Steamroll.

      by CuriousBoston on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:24:16 AM PST

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  •  The GOP doesn't decide Democrats' assignments. (4+ / 0-)

    The banks and other financial interests WILL, on the other hand, exert considerable pressure on Reid.

    I'd rather see Senator Warren on the Finance Committee, where she can bring to excllent use her considerable intelligence, common sense and ability to describe seemingly complex issues simply.

    Being on Banking - which, if Harry wants to stick it to Republicans, he can also do! - would use her strengths, but mire her down in partisan crap to only marginal benefit.

    FORWARD to 2014: Win back the House. Build up the Senate.

    by TRPChicago on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27:26 AM PST

  •  Don't they serve on several? I'd like her (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, wdrath

    to have get a berth on committee supervising native American affairs.

    And not just to figuratively slap her snotty opponent for his bigoted behavior.   Growing up in Oklahoma would probably give her more background  on native issues than younguns in many other states get.

    My native genes are same number of generations behind me. I credit them with some of my better instincts toward mother earth & fellow mankind.    

    If she applies her skills to the morass of anti - native behavior in our government,  we could all be less ashamed of our failure to even protect their basic human rights.  

    Until every voter counts, none do.  

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27:40 AM PST

  •  The joker in the deck is us. The grassroots got (2+ / 0-)
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    DefendOurConstitution, Lujane

    President Obama re-elected. The grassroots gave him a majority Senate. Now the grassroots collect. President Obama knows the entire country worked with money and time to get Warren elected.

    He knows her worth. He knows that we want her to be on the Budget committee. President Obama must be frequently and forcefully reminded of what we want.

    Not what we expect, what we WANT, DEMAND.

    The grassroots are owed. Budget Committee is the most logical spot.

    The pressure must be kept on.

    2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Steamroll.

    by CuriousBoston on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:29:35 AM PST

  •  Ummm... (11+ / 0-)

    Republicans have no say whatsoever on Warren's committee assignments.

    If Reid wants to put her on the Banking Committee, she's on the committee... it's as simple as that.

  •  Sen Reid decides - the GOP has no say (7+ / 0-)

    Current membership of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

    12 Democrats

    Johnson, Tim (SD) , Chairman
    Reed, Jack (RI)
    Schumer, Charles E. (NY)
    Menendez, Robert (NJ)
    Akaka, Daniel K. (HI)
    Brown, Sherrod (OH)
    Tester, Jon (MT)
    Kohl, Herb (WI)
    Warner, Mark R. (VA)
    Merkley, Jeff (OR)
    Bennet, Michael F. (CO)
    Hagan, Kay R. (NC)
    Akaka and Kohl are retiring in January.

    10 Republicans

    Shelby, Richard C. (AL), Ranking Member
    Crapo, Mike (ID)
    Corker, Bob (TN)
    DeMint, Jim (SC)
    Vitter, David (LA)
    Johanns, Mike (NE)
    Toomey, Patrick J. (PA)
    Kirk, Mark (IL)
    Moran, Jerry (KS)
    Wicker, Roger F. (MS)
    With Democrats gaining 2 Senate seats overall, the committee membership might gain another Dem and lose a GOP member.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:48:34 AM PST

  •  We should start with what Brown's assignments (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, kurt


    1. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    2. Veterans’ Affairs
    3. Small Business
    4. Armed Services

    I agree that Warren would be great in banking and want her there, but the defense contractors are already quaking in their pants and she has not even been sworn in.  I'd say that Armed Services is also a great place for Warren.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:15:18 AM PST

  •  You probably meant it literally, (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, antimony

    but whither in common modern usage (especially in the construction “Whither X?”) almost always implies that someone has disappeared and the writer wonders where he or she has gone. So your headline reads as a criticism of Warren, as if she's gone silent or otherwise “missing” since her election.

    Just saying, if people start hating on you who didn't read the diary text, that's probably why :-)

    (But points for spelling whither correctly; you're way ahead of TPM there :-D )

    Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
    Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
    Code Monkey like you!

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    by Code Monkey on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:22:42 AM PST

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