Earlier today the House of Representatives Democratic caucus voted on who will head up the Energy and Commerce Committee in the 111th Congress. The caucus voted 137-122 to make Henry Waxman (D-CA29) the next chairman, instead of voting John Dingell (D-MI15) back into the position that he currently holds.
Now, this is pretty big news, seeing as Dingell has been a Congressman for 53 years, compared to Waxman who has only been in office for 33 years. Although I don’t have any details, reports are that the vote fell along generational lines, with younger Congressmen voting for Waxman and older Representatives voting for Dingell.
Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of Dingell, but Henry Waxman is an extremely liberal Congressman, and has been a huge ally of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). I would’ve much rather had Dingell as the head of the committee instead of Waxman. Here we come environmental liberalism to the extreme!
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