Coons scores spot on panel overseeing SEC, IRS budgets

Republicans are moving this year to defund the Dodd-Frank law, and Coons will play a key role in the fight over its future and over funding for the IRS to implement ObamaCare.

Mikulski also announced that Coons, who won a spot on Appropriations last week, will serve on the Commerce, Homeland Security and State Department subcommittees as well as the much lower-profile Legislative Branch subcommittee.

"Senator Coons is excited to get to work. These subcommittees give him a chance to keep working on issues that are already priorities, like boosting American manufacturing, giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep communities safe, supporting scientific research, and making the wisest investments possible with our international assistance. Banking is obviously an important industry to Delaware, so the Financial Services subcommittee is a good fit, too," Coons spokesman Ian Koski said. 

Coons took the committee spot formerly held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who passed away this month. 

On Financial Services, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is taking over as chairman from Lautenberg. Udall is also joining the Transportation and Housing subcommittee, Mikulski announced Monday. 

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will be joining the Energy and Water subcommittee.