If Republicans win the Senate, Shelby is poised to take the chairman's gavel, but if Democrats keep control of the chamber as expected, Shelby will be term-limited out of the ranking member's chair. That would clear the way for Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, the Daily reports.
Stacy Kaper reports:
A solid conservative, Crapo is well regarded across the aisle. He has been deeply involved in the "Gang of Eight" deficit-reduction talks and voted for the Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan. His rise to ranking member could pave the way for bipartisan efforts with committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., on issues such as housing finance reform, market stability, and the Dodd-Frank Act.
Crapo said he would rather see Shelby take the gavel, but should Democrats maintain their majority, he believes he can collaborate with Johnson on some issues.
Subscribers can read more here.
Don't Miss Today's Top Stories
Chock full of usable information on today's issues."
Michael, Executive Director
Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."
Chuck, Graduate Student
The day's action in one quick read."
Stacy, Director of Communications
Great way to keep up with Washington"
Ray, Professor of Economics