Sen. Crapo weighs in on role to lead committee on committees

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) Idaho's senior senator is making some important decisions for the future of the Republican party.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) is playing a major role, helping to decide the committees each Republican senator sits on.

"It is an honor to be trusted by our majority leader Mitch McConnell to lead the effort that works out what the committee assignments are for all of the other members of our conference," Sen. Crapo said.

For the seventh time in a row, Crapo is chairing the committee on committees. Yes, you heard that right. It's the panel responsible for assigning Republican Senators to their committees.

"I'm working to make sure that each senator is placed in the right spot and has the right committee selection for that senator, but as well for the country," Crapo said.

So how exactly does Crapo make these decisions? He says a significant part of it has to do with lawmaker seniority and the discretion of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"It really is a mix of letting the senators make decisions and then, letting the majority leader fill in and allocate where necessary," Crapo said.

Although, it may seem like Washington insider madness, the committee on committees has to sort out all the senators' requests -- many of whom want the same spots.

"Some years, certain committees will have a significant amount of interest, like the Judiciary Committee this year because of Supreme Court nominations or things like that," Crapo said.

After general elections, the ratios on each committee are typically adjusted to reflect the results. Republicans now control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats in Congress.

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