Schumer also chairs the Rules and Administration Committee, which oversees office space and doles out “hide-aways” in the Capitol for Senators, as well as addressing other mundane, but important, concerns of Senators’ work life. He is also the top Democrat on the Joint Economic Committee and is in line to take the chairmanship this year, but he may need a waiver from the caucus to hold both the Rules and JEC gavels.
He also chairs the Judiciary panel’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee.
Meanwhile, Reid said he has asked Sen. Mark Begich — a Member of the 2008 class — to replace Stabenow as chairman of the Steering and Outreach Committee, which helps dole out committee assignments and leads outreach to independent interest groups.
Appointing the Alaska Democrat to serve in the leadership sent a positive signal to the aggressive junior class, an aide to a junior Member said. Two additional spots could also be offered up on the whip team to Members of the 2006 or 2008 classes. Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Mark Udall (Colo.) currently serve as deputy whips.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.