A day after Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) had his hopes of becoming the top Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee dashed, he says he is in talks with Democratic leaders to join the powerful House Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress.
Walz said he is “kicking around the idea of Armed Services” with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“That might be a great combination,” Walz told The Hill, noting that Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the head of the VA panel, also sits on Armed Services. “It’s that transition point from the services to the VA.”
Such a move would require Walz, the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in congressional history, to drop one of his current assignments on the Agriculture and Transportation panels. House Democrats have an unofficial rule that members can only serve on two committees apiece.
The transition would also cap a roller coaster couple of days for Walz.
On Wednesday, the Democrats’ Steering and Policy Committee prevented Walz, who serves on the VA committee via waiver, from becoming a permanent member, citing his existing pair of panel assignments.