Senate Leadership in the 114th U.S. Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington

In a GOP majority, whose likely running the Senate?

From Mitch McConnell to Thad Cochran the Senate will be under new leadership starting in January. Here are a few Senators whose names have been mentioned in a recent Politico article likely to assume Chairmanships…

Appropriations: Thad Cochran

Fresh from his narrow win in Mississippi over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, Cochran will be under pressure to load up the appropriations bills with as many challenges to the Obama administration as possible. But he’ll also have to make sure that none of them gets so overloaded with ideological battles that they can’t get 60 votes. For now, he’s sticking to generalities: The power to write the appropriations bills “gives us an opportunity to examine everything,” he told POLITICO.

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Lamar Alexander

He’d go after the Obama administration over its frequent use of waivers from the No Child Left Behind law and what he considers a maze of federal rules that has effectively created a “national school board.” His agenda includes a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, private school vouchers and cutting back regulations in higher education. He might push a bill he’s introduced with Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet that would significantly shorten the application for federal financial aid.

Commerce, Science and Transportation: John Thune

Thune would likely hold early hearings on a rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. It probably wouldn’t get done next year, but he could start the process by emphasizing deregulation and making it easier for House Republicans to do the same. And it probably would be the end of the road for Obama administration initiatives like an online “Privacy Bill of Rights.” Thune has said he wants to “preserve the light-touch regime, first implemented by the Clinton administration, that has been so successful in making us the digital envy of the world.”

Take a look at the attached document for a list of the likely upcoming Chairmanships.

Are there issues you would like to see move from Committee to the Senate floor? What are they?

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