The death of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy will cause some movement among committee chairmen in the senate. Kennedy headed up the Health and Education committee, which is a focus of the health care reform debate.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat and current chair of the agriculture committee could also be in the mix for a change, but he says its all just speculation right now.
Harkin says it’s too early to speculate about that as Senator (Chris) Dodd is the next ranking member of the committee ahead of Harkin. Harkin says Dodd is chairman of the banking committee and could move to chairman of the health committee.
Harkin says he won’t make any decisions until Dodd decides what he is going to do. Harkin made his comments in Sioux City at an Ag committee subcommittee hearing.
Story by Jerry Oster, WNAX, South Dakota