Scott Scores

Senator Brown has received his committee assignments.
US Senator Scott Brown today scored three key committee assignments that could give him a boost as he seeks defense dollars for Massachusetts and political points for himself: Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans’ Affairs. For the new Republican senator, it’s a two-out-of-three success rate. He had asked Senate GOP leaders for Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Appropriations. But a coveted seat on appropriations was considered a long-shot. And landing a seat on the Veterans Affairs Committee gives the National Guard member a natural political platform as he looks ahead to a possible re-election bid in 2012. The Armed Services and Homeland Security posts will put him in position to lobby for federal defense contracts for Massachusetts and New England – a task that was perfected by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who funneled billions of defense dollars to the Bay State. Although Brown is a freshman in the minority party, the region's defense industry has a powerful Washington lobby and strong allies on both sides of the aisle. Homeland Security includes oversight of the Coast Guard. The full Senate must ratify Brown’s assignments, which were announced this afternoon. The appointments were made by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “As a 30-year member of the National Guard, I am honored to have received these appointments,” Brown said in a press release. “We are currently involved in two wars, and these committees are critical in keeping our country safe, as well as protecting the men and women who defend us.”