By SAM MINTZ and STEPHANIE BEASLEY October 26, 2020
THE NEW ROSTER? With many forecasters placing Democrats as slight favorites to win the Senate in eight days, we thought we’d start this pre-election week with a committee primer to get you up to speed with what transportation policy might look like in a blue upper chamber.
Commerce: Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) lined up a committee switch last year with just this opportunity in mind. The Commerce Committee’s wide-ranging jurisdiction on tech and transportation includes oversight of several massive companies in her state (Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing and Alaska Airlines, to name a few).
Cantwell made the shift from ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee to Commerce at the start of this Congress, and while generally keeping a quiet profile, she’s managed to have a major impact the committee’s work under Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), including driving significant changes to a bill addressing the Boeing 737 MAX crashes. Cantwell has previously had two brief stints leading lower-profile committees, Small Business and Indian Affairs.
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