House Republicans nix global warming committee
When the 112th Congress convenes in January, it will be without the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters Wednesday night that House Republicans are nixing the committee as part of their pledge to "get rid of waste and duplication in terms of how we run the Congress."
"The global warming committee doesn't need to be a separate committee," Boehner said. "We believe that the Science Committee is more than capable of handling this issue, and in the process, we'll save several million dollars."
The committee, which was established by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and approved by the House in the spring of 2007, was chaired by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). It did not have the power to pass legislation although it has held hearings on a host of climate- and energy-related issues.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the panel's ranking Republican and presumptive chairman in the 112th Congress, told reporters Wednesday that he had urged GOP leaders not to scrap the committee.
A spokesperson for Pelosi blasted GOP leaders for the decision.
"It is very disappointing that the House Republican leadership has decided not to prioritize addressing energy independence and climate change in the 112th Congress," Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said. "Disbanding the select committee does not diminish the urgent need to act on these very critical issues."
| December 1, 2010; 9:53 PM ET
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