Sen. Benjamin Cardin, who has taken a leading role in discussions on caucus rules, predicted that changes won’t be adopted until January. The Maryland Democrat described the ongoing talks as “a way to get our rules up to date.”
Junior Democrats from the classes of 2006 and 2008 have been agitating over the past year for changes to caucus rules that would prevent senior Members from hoarding committee and subcommittee gavels, for example. They have also proposed electing chairmen, rather than adhering to the seniority system.
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.