With their big wins on Election Day, Democrats want extra seats on various Senate Committees next year, which would help them pass legislation.
“Some committees will have more [Democratic] seats,” said a senior Democratic aide. “It is subject to discussions between the leaders as they work on the organizing resolution.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) need to reach agreement on committee ratios by the start of the next Congress in January, when the Senate will adopt an organizing resolution.
“This is a long process with a lot of negotiation going on so it’s tough to comment on specifics,” said Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson. “All I can really say at this point is that we are in the process of negotiating committee ratios and makeup with Republicans.”