WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen Bob Casey, D-Pa., has been appointed to the Senate Finance Committee that John Kerry, D-Mass., vacated when he became secretary of state.
Finance is one of the Senate's more powerful and influential committees.
Mr. Casey's new assignment was announced Tuesday. Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey also serves on the committee.
Meanwhile Tuesday, Mr. Casey also was given a key role on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, known by the acronym HELP. He will serve as chairman of the subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.
"In this leadership position I will continue to support American workers by addressing improvements to our workforce development system, workplace safety protections and fairness for workers," Mr. Casey said.
Meanwhile, he said he will use his new role on the Finance Committee to fight for Pennsylvania priorities.
"I will have a seat at the table in addressing responsible tax reform to spur innovation, create jobs and promote economic growth," Mr. Casey said.
He said the appointment also puts him in good position to advance reasonable trade policy, protect the future of Medicare, ensure access to affordable health care and provide incentives for research and development.
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