NY Control In A Democratic House

As political pundits look into their crystal balls for a hint of what the midterm elections will hold, here's a snippet of what Democratic control of the House would mean for the New York delegation:

As the ranking minority member, Rep. Charles Rangel is set to head the Ways and Means Committee, should Democrats take control of the House. With vast jurisdiction over issues ranging from economic policy, welfare, health care policy, Social Security, Medicare and international trade, Ways and Means is obviously one of the crown jewels among Congressional committees. Because of the committee’s broad legislative and oversight responsibilities, Rep. Rangel’s vision for America would heavily influence Congressional priorities over the next couple years.

Also poised to make a leap to power is Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who is currently the ranking Democrat on the Small Business Committee. That committee oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion annually. Additionally, Rep. Louise Slaughter would head the House Rules Committee, with the power to direct the flow of legislation to the House Floor.

Several NY Dems would assume leadership posts of important subcommittees, as well. Rep. Jerry Nadler is the ranking member for the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, which has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, federal civil rights, ethics issues, and other related subject matter. Rep. Nita Lowey would become chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs, which doles out foreign aid and has jurisdiction over a variety of international development and relief organizations.

Two New Yorkers would also gain more prominent roles in international relations: Rep. Eliot Engel, who is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; and Rep. Gary Ackerman, as chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia. Those committees have a broad jurisdiction over issues related to their respective regions, including political relations, disaster assistance, and activities of the United Nations.

In addition, Rep. Carolyn Maloney would assume leadership of the Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology Subcommittee, which deals with a range of economic policy, including international finance, banking, economic stabilization; and monetary organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Rounding out the list is Rep. Mike McNulty, who is currently the ranking member on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, which deals with various tax proposals.

by Angela Burton