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Stevens Reorganizes Commerce Committee

Feb 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

New Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, on Tuesday unveiled a reorganization plan for the committee that eliminates the Senate communications subcommittee-a panel that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had hoped to chair this year.

Sources said the reorganization ensures, as expected, that media industry issues will now be handled exclusively at the full committee level under Sen. Stevens’ chairmanship. The reorganization promises to dramatically decrease Sen. McCain’s influence over media industry legislation. Sen. McCain, who chaired the Commerce Committee before Sen. Stevens, remains a member of the committee.