Cassidy given HELP Committee seat

Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy (R-La.) will join the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the next congressional term, GOP leadership announced Monday.

The assignment is hardly surprising for Cassidy, a physician and professor of medicine whose campaign against Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuBottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face MORE (D-La.) focused largely on healthcare issues.

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Cassidy will also join the Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; Veteran's Affairs; and Joint Economic panels when he moves to the upper chamber.

Republicans are poised to take a 54-46 Senate majority in January, and as a result, Democrats are losing a seat or two on each committee.

Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziChamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection Republicans battle over COVID-19 package's big price tag Conservative group launches ad campaign for Rep. Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate race MORE (R-Wyo.) will lead the HELP panel with Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayPelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive House approves two child care bills aimed at pandemic GOP, Democratic relief packages B apart on vaccine funding MORE (D-Wash.) succeeding retiring Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinErnst challenges Greenfield to six debates in Iowa Senate race Biden unveils disability rights plan: 'Your voices must be heard' Bottom line MORE (D-Iowa) in the top Democratic spot.