After Trump won, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.
Y., both singled out infrastructure as an area of potential agreement with the new administration.
She did not, however, win a seat on the Judiciary Committee, the panel for which she is perhaps best suited as California’s soon-to-be former attorney general and a former San Francisco district attorney.
Senate party leaders, who divvy up the committee assignments, avoid naming two members from the same state to any panel.
•Budget Committee: Republican vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act will give the Budget Committee more prominence this year.
California, with 3.8 million people enrolled under the program known as Obamacare, stands to be among the biggest losers if the law is repealed.•Environment and Public Works: Harris will fill the seat of the Californian she replaced, retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer, the committee’s former chair and ranking member.This committee oversees climate change and other environmental policies that the Trump administration and Republican majorities in the Senate and House want to roll back.Senate leadership assigned Harris to four Senate committees in all.They are: •Homeland Security and Government Affairs: The panel shares jurisdiction over some immigration issues with the Judiciary Committee, which has primary oversight over immigration law.Despite the charges, the committee and the full Senate voted to confirm Thomas to a seat on the Supreme Court. Moseley Braun’s selection came somewhat as a surprise because her fellow Illinois Democrat, Sen. She had said earlier Wednesday she preferred a seat on Appropriations.Feinstein said she regards her Judiciary appointment as another historic step for the advancement of women in national politics. I feel very strongly that crime is an issue of major importance in California.California’s senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, has served on the Judiciary Committee for 24 years and will assume the top Democratic spot on the panel next year. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was the leading Democrat on the committee for years but chose to take the ranking post on the Appropriations Committee.That opened up the leadership role for Feinstein, who will lead Democrats in coming battles over President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominations.“Never again will the legal rights of women be considered only by white men. (D-Del.), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, vowed to get two women appointed to his panel while courting both California senators.The Senate Judiciary Committee finally begins to look like the diverse, great nation we are.”Feinstein and Boxer were among four successful women candidates for the Senate whose campaigns received a boost from women who believed the Judiciary panel was insensitive in its handling of sexual harassment allegations Hill made against Thomas. Both Feinstein and Boxer told Biden they would be willing to serve on his committee, which in addition to approving federal judicial appointments oversees the Department of Justice and writes legislation pertaining to criminal laws.