Wonder what you would find if you frisked each of the House chamber’s 17 committees when the new Congress convenes in January?
Answer: New Republican leaders.
No shocker here.
The New York Times reports:
On Tuesday, House leaders picked Harold Rogers of Kentucky, a member of the Appropriations Committee since 1983, to lead the panel, over Jerry Lewis of California, a former chairman, and Jack Kingston of Georgia. They also named Fred Upton of Michigan over Joe L. Barton of Texas to win back the chairmanship on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles health care.
Agriculture – Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma
Appropriations – Harold Rogers of Kentucky
Armed Services – Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California
Budget – Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
Education and Labor – John Kline of Minnesota
Energy and Commerce – Fred Upton of Michigan
Financial Services – Spencer Bachus of Alabama
Foreign Affairs – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida
Homeland Security – Peter T. King of New York
Judiciary – Lamar S. Smith of Texas
Natural Resources – Doc Hastings of Washington
Oversight and Government Reform – Darrell Issa of California
Science and Technology – Ralph M. Hall of Texas
Small Business – Sam Graves of Missouri
Transportation and Infrastructure – John L. Mica of Florida
Veterans – Jeff Miller of Florida
Ways and Means – Dave Camp of Michigan
Unfortunately, the same ol’ Republicans are still in control with the exception of Paul Ryan heading the Budget Committee. Personally, I was hoping Rep. Kingston (R-GA) would get the Appropriations Committee job.
Hopefully the Republicans learned their lesson and remain focused on the crucial issues facing our country.