The 113th Congress was sworn in on Jan. 3, and the committees with the most influence over healthcare policy will have relatively few new faces.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will remain at the head of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. That panel added two Democratic members, Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, to replace retired Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. The committee's new Republican members are Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee also retained its chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who gave up a chance to take over the powerful Appropriations Committee. He did so, he said, because he wanted to retain his leadership of the HELP Committee and the chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
New Democratic members of the HELP panel were Sens. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Christopher Murphy of Connecticut and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.