In early January, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced the addition of freshman Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Sen. Alexander said:
I welcome Sen. Young to our committee and look forward to working with him on reforming our health care system to give Americans more choices of low-cost insurance, making it easier and simpler for more students to attend college, and working with the new Administration to help grow jobs and raise family incomes. Senator Ted Kennedy, who served for many years as the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, once said that the committee had 30 percent of the legislative jurisdiction of the Senate. The work we do touches the lives of virtually every American.
Additionally joining the HELP Committee is Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
Likewise, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce welcomed a new chairperson, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who, in turn, welcomed its new members:
We have assembled a strong team to advance the commonsense solutions our nation’s workers, students, families, and small businesses urgently need…. This committee will play a central role in Congress’s broader efforts to grow the economy, advance patient-centered health care, and promote greater prosperity for all Americans. Working closely with our members, subcommittee leaders, and all our colleagues, the committee will do its part to move the country in a better direction.
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) will serve as chairman for the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions (HELP), while Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-N.M.I.) will be Ranking Member.