Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Environmental stalwarts join key Senate panel

Democratic Senate committee assignments were announced today, and some real "freshmen" environmental stalwarts were named to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

New senators-elect joining the panel include Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Cardin, Sanders and Klobuchar were all endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters in the recent election. Environmentalists are also expected to embrace Whitehouse, who ousted environmentalist-backed Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee.

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