Sen. Carper ‘soon to be’ the chairman of the committee on Environment and Public Works
DELAWARE – One of the results of Democrats taking control of the Senate is that Sen. Tom Carper (D – Delaware) will soon be named chair of the committee on environment and public works.
Speaking with Sen. Carper Monday, the senior senator seemed eager to lead the committee and already expressed a willingness to work across the aisle.
Sen. Carper saying that last week, even before the races in Georgia were called, that he had a good talk with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) on the work that they can get done. Sen. Carper saying that regardless of who was chairing the committee, that the two could do a lot of good for the country.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re the chair of the committee or I’m the chair, let’s work together, there’s so much we need to do and that we can do. And we talked, literally we talked in 3,4,5 minutes to the other side of the capitol about that agenda,” Sen. Carper said.
Now as far as what their priorities will be, Sen. Carper says in no particular order roads, highways, bridges… infrastructure as a whole needs attention. He also says we need to address wastewater management and access to clean water. As well as, increasing broadband internet access to rural areas.
And that’s just the beginning of the list.
“I mean there’s so much. Every bit of it is, it’s good for the planet in terms of clean air, clean water. It’s good for job creation, it just works,” Sen. Carper said.
Although Sen. Carper has not officially been elected as chair, we’re told that should happen the first week of the new congress.