John Barrasso, Tom Carper Seen as Vying for Senate Environment Panel Chairman

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While they are at opposite ends of the political spectrum on environmental and climate issues, Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) both are outwardly cagey on whether they would take the reins of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee after the dust settles from the November elections.

For Carper, the EPW chairmanship would give him key input into the next administration's environmental initiatives, but he also could return to head the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee.

Barrasso is seen as having an advantage for the top Republican spot on the committee, if he wants it. The Wyoming Republican said he would wait and see how the November elections play out before deciding.

Barrasso and Carper both told Bloomberg BNA they are considering their options but aren't making any final decisions about what committee slots they will seek next year.

But nearly a dozen former congressional aides and others who closely follow committee assignments said both men have the clearest paths to the chairmanship for their party—if they want the top slot.

Bloomberg BNA reporters Dean Scott and Anthony Adragna have the story for subscribers in Barrasso, Carper Seen as Vying for Environment Panel Chairman.