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Capitol Briefing: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Who Will Lead House Oversight and Government Reform?

By Ed O'Keefe Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) victory over Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) in the "Clash of the Titans" battle to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee means Waxman will step down as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The California Democrat has led Congress' main...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 20, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Agenda , House  
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Waxman's Win Marks Seismic Shift in House

The clash between Reps. Henry Waxman (Calif.) and John Dingell (Mich.) was notable in the recently quiet and stable House Democratic caucus. By Ben Pershing Democrats have a comfortable majority now in the House, and they will again in January. Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker now, and she will...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 20, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , House  
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Waxman Defeats Dingell

By Paul Kane Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) won the vote, 137-122, to become the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, defeating the legendary Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). The vote came a day after the House Democratic steering committee recommended Waxman for the post in a narrow 25-22...

By Paul Volpe  |  November 20, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  House  
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Panel Recommends Waxman Over Dingell for Key Gavel

By Paul Kane In a tight vote, the House Democratic steering committee has recommended placing Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) into the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee, ejecting current chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.). On a 25-22 vote, Waxman defeated Dingell, according to a lawmaker in the room who requested...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Agenda , Dem. Leaders , House  
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Sessions Elected NRCC Chair; Cantor Becomes Whip

By Ben Pershing and Paul Kane Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) was elected today to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee for the 111th Congress, after current Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) unexpectedly dropped his bid for a second term at the campaign arm. "I am honored to be elected chairman of...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , GOP Leaders , House  
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Boehner Wins GOP Leader Race

By Paul Kane House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) won re-election to his post this morning, easily defeating a last-minute challenge by Rep Dan Lungren (R-Calif). "To rebuild the party, the energy has to come from us. And I will challenge all of you," Boehner said in a speech to...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 19, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , House  
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Stevens Expulsion Vote Postponed

By Ben Pershing and Paul Kane An internal GOP vote on whether to expel convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska) from the Senate, originally slated to happen today, has been postponed, as his fellow Republicans wait for all the ballots to be counted in Stevens' reelection race. The Senate Republican Conference...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 18, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , Senate  
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Kennedy Returns to Senate for Lame-Duck Session

By Ben Pershing After being absent for the better part of six months to undergo cancer treatments, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is back in the chamber this week for what may be the final legislative sessions of the 110th Congress. "It's good to be back in the Senate," Kennedy...

By Ben Pershing  |  November 17, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Agenda , Senate  
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