In a blow to Arlen Specter's chances to get re-elected in 2010, Democrats stripped him of his seniority on several key committees. This contradicts Specter's assertion last Tuesday when he told reporters that he would retain his seniority both in the overall chamber and in the committees on which he serves. Arlen Specter should have known you can't trust the current democratic leadership in Congress. Of course, the voters of Pennsylvania couldn't trust Arlen Specter either. The Washington Post is reporting:
The Senate dealt a blow tonight to Sen. Arlen Specter's hold on seniority in several key committees, a week after the Pennsylvanian's party switch placed Democrats on the precipice of a 60-seat majority.
In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a resolution that added Specter to the Democratic side of the dais on the five committees on which he serves, an expected move that gives Democrats larger margins on key panels such as Judiciary and Appropriations.
But Democrats placed Specter in one of the two most junior slots on each of the five committees for the remainder of this Congress, which goes through December 2010. Democrats have suggested that they will consider revisiting Specter's seniority claim at the committee level only after the midterm elections next year.