Republicans will increase their majority on the House Armed Services Committee in the new Congress to reflect the party’s expanded majority in the chamber.
The party’s majority will increase by three, from 34-28 to 36-27, with the committee growing from 62 to 63 members, reported CQ. That change follows increased interest in national security, according to Republican aides. The expanded majority means it will be more difficult for Democrats to obtain compromises on matters before the panel.
On Wednesday, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) gaveled in his first session as chairman of the committee.
“We’ve got a lot of work cut out for us. The world is a complex and dangerous place but I am very optimistic the members of this committee are going to rise to meet our responsibility this year,” Thornberry said in his opening statement.
“We’ve got a lot of talent on this committee and we’re going to do a lot of good,” he added.
The committee approved four resolutions during the organizational meeting, including a package of rules that modifies the panel’s oversight structure, reported the Hill. The most important change shifted jurisdiction for intelligence policy and coordination to the full committee.