Conservatives Tapped for Top Committee Posts

Conservatives rankled by the so-called purge of four House Republicans from top committees may take some comfort in the list of new GOP Senate committee slots announced last week, which includes a number of high-profile conservative members chosen for top panels.

Senator Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), the former Club for Growth president who has become an increasingly influential player on budget issues, will serve on the Finance Committee, which deals with taxes, trade, and federal entitlement programs.

Freshman senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a former state solicitor general and tea-party favorite, will serve on the Judiciary Committee — his top choice — as well as on the Armed Services Committee.

Another freshman member and tea-party figure, Senator Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), will also serve on the Judiciary Committee, joining Cruz and conservative Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah).

A Republican Senate calls it a “powerful lineup” awaiting potential Supreme Court nominees Obama may put forward during his second term.

Flake was also selected to serve on the Foreign Relations Committee, as was Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.), the tea-party firebrand whose foreign-policy views are often at odds with those of his own party.

The new assignments are pending formal approval by the GOP conference and the Senate as a whole.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular

Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More
U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More