Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is set to become the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, her office confirmed to TPM on Thursday.
"Senator Murray has confirmed that she expects to be the next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee," her spokesman Eli Zupnick said.
"She is going to use all of her committee and leadership positions to continue fighting for veterans, as she has done over her entire career. She plans to continue working to reduce the deficit and pay down the debt in a balanced way that is fair for seniors and the middle class and calls on the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share."
Murray, who chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee this cycle, was next in line to replace current Budget Chairman, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), who did not seek re-election.