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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 LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth 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 EnziSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Wyoming mask mandate backed by GOP lawmakers goes into effect MORE (R-Wyo.) will lead the HELP panel with Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHawley pens op-ed to defend decision to object to electoral votes amid pushback Demolition at the Labor Department, too Hawley, Cruz face rising anger, possible censure MORE (D-Wash.) succeeding retiring Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers A pandemic election should move America to address caregivers' struggles The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring MORE (D-Iowa) in the top Democratic spot.