Sens. Mary Landrieu and Olympia Snowe will be the top Democrat and Republican leaders of a Senate committee when the new Congress convenes in January.
Landrieu, D-La., will become chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, while Snowe, R-Maine, will remain the ranking member. Landrieu is replacing John Kerry, D-Mass., as the committee’s chair.
In a press release, Landrieu said she will push for opportunities for women- and minority-owned small businesses, and Snowe concurred.
â€œAs a vital voice for women entrepreneurs in Congress, we will advance an ambitious policy agenda targeted toward renewing the federal governmentâ€™s commitment to women-owned small businesses â€“ namely, by creating a meaningful and effective womenâ€™s contracting procurement program and strengthening Womenâ€™s Business Centers in Maine, Louisiana, and all across America. Indeed, I hope that one of the first bills that our Committee will consider next year will address these critical programs.â€