In addition to the Joint Rules, the House and Senate each of their own rules. The proposed Senate Rules for this Session include one little change in the selection of Senators for standing committees to make clear who’s the boss.
Previously, Senate Rule S4-1 has said the selection of members of the 14 standing committees of the Senate is made by “the president pro tempore and the minority leader.” That wording suggests that the the president pro-tem (currently Republican Senate king Lee Schoenbeck and Democratic) and the minority leader (currently Democratic leader Reynold Nesiba) get an equal say in who goes on committees… though we all know that’s not how it works or how King Lee would ever have it.
The proposed Senate Rules kicked up from committee and read Friday in the Senate would state matters more accurately: standing committee members are selected “by the president pro tempore with advice from the minority leader.” Advice, sure, but not consent.
The House Rules require no such amendment, as they already state, “The speaker of the House of Representatives shall, with advice from the minority leader, appoint the members of the following standing committees….”
Any Democrats wishing to complain about underrepresentation on committees will be referred by the President Pro Tempore to his 2020 advice: You want more say? Win more elections.