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Five Indian-American Lawmakers nominated for influential Congressional panels

Five Indian-American Lawmakers nominated for influential Congressional panels
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All five Indian-American lawmakers, the highest in the history of the US Congress, have been nominated to influential Congressional panels.

All five Indian-American lawmakers, the highest in the history of the US Congress, have been nominated to influential Congressional panels.

Congressman Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley has been nominated to the powerful House Budget Committee, while Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, elected to the House of Representatives from Seattle, would serve on yet another powerful House Judiciary Committee.

Raja Krishnamoorthi, representing Chicago's west and northwest suburbs, will serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee, along with the powerful House Democratic Policy and Steering Committee.

Three-term Congressman Ami Bera, who is the senior most among all Indian American lawmakers in the House of Representatives, has been renominated to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bera is also co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to have been elected to the US Senate, has been made member of four powerful Senate Committees. These are Committee on Budget, Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Environment and Public Works and Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

"These four committees will be key battlegrounds in the fight for the future of our country. At a time when so many Californians and Americans are uncertain about our future, I will aggressively fight for our families and the ideals of our nation," Harris said in a statement.

In addition to normal committees, Jayapal will serve as a Senior Whip for the House Democrats and as a Vice Chair for the Congressional Progressive caucus. As a Senior Whip, Jayapal will play a key role in mobilising her Democratic colleagues, discussing upcoming legislation with them, and coordinating legislative strategy with the leadership.

"I'm pleased to welcome Rep Jayapal to Congress and to my whip team," said Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House of Representatives. "She's hit the ground running since her arrival, and she's already hard at work representing the people of Washington's Seventh District, drawing on her experience as a state legislator and an advocate for social justice," he said.

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