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Senate oversight panel to get new ranking member

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) this week was named incoming ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) this week was named incoming ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. McCaskill—who will serve alongside the committee’s chairman, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), replaces Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who next year will serve as the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

McCaskill currently serves as ranking member of the committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which oversees the efficiency and economy of operations of all branches of the federal government.

In her new position as ranking member of the committee, McCaskill—a former prosecutor and Missouri state auditor—will assume a greater role in the oversight of federal agencies and the U.S. Postal Service, as well as homeland security, and issues related to waste, fraud and abuse.

“Holding the government accountable to its people, guarding taxpayer dollars from waste, and better protecting the safety of Missouri’s families have been the bread and butter of my work in the Senate,” said McCaskill. “I’m thrilled to have a bigger platform and stronger tools to fight for accountability and boost the safety and security of our communities.”

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