Roberts Rules, Gets new Appointment as Ranking Member on Rules Panel
January 4, 2013

Roberts

Roberts

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts may have lost his post as the ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, but he has been named the ranking Republican on the Senate Rules Committee.
That could be a key post in the early part of the new Congress. Majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid has signaled he may try to reform Senate rules. Reid is trying to change the rules so one Senator cannot tie up debate on a bill. The prerogatives of a single Senator are one of the long-established tradition in the US Senate.
“As ranking member,” Roberts said, “I will vigorously defend minority rights in the Senate as debate begins on rules for the 113th Congress. The Majority Leader has already threatened to resort to the nuclear option and destroy critical checks and balances in the Senate. Senate institutional rules must not be broken merely to suit the party in power.”
The entire Senate Republican Caucus is expected to ratify Roberts’ post later this month.
Roberts lost the ranking Member post on the Ag Committee this week, when Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran used his seniority to bump Roberts out of that post (see previous post).
Roberts remains on the Ag Committee.
He is also a member of the Senate Finance and Ethics panels.
The Rules Committee works on campaign reform and election legislation as well as administrating Senate rules.
He held a similar position in the House when he was a member there before being elected to the Senate.

Pat Roberts Bumped From Top GOP Spot on Ag Committee
January 4, 2013

Roberts

Roberts

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is losing his post as the highest Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
It’s the second hard blow to the farm state’s agri-industry in a matter of weeks.
West Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp was kicked on the House Agriculture Committee last month after a dispute with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP House Leaders.
Roberts says Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran has decided to take the top slot. Based on the senate’s Senority system, says Roberts, that’s Cochran’s right.
“No matter whether I hold the gavel, or whether I am the ranking member or whether I am a senior member, agriculture has always been a top priority of my efforts in public service. Nothing will change that,” Roberts said.
The Kansas Senator says he’ll keep a seat on the Ag panel. He also is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee.
Roberts says he’ll remain the highest Republican on the Senate’s Rules Committee. He expects that committee to have an even more important role in the new Congress that was sworn in Thursday.
“This committee will become increasingly important as I expect to play a very vigorous role in defense of minority rights, which are under attack by the Democrat Majority Leader, as well as top line issues like campaign finance reform and federal election law,” Roberts said.