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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Rep. Walden tweets in Morse code that he will chair high-tech subcommittee

By Cecilia Kang

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will be the next chairman of the House subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and like many lawmakers, he broke the news on Twitter.

But Walden, a former radio station owner, had his own tweeting twist, using the dated Morse code to make the announcement:

@repgregwalden .-- .. .-.. .-.. / -.-. .... .- .. .-. / -.-. --- -- -- / .- -. -.. / - . -.-. .... / ... ..- -... / --... ...-- ... / .-- --... . --.- ..

He followed up with the following translation:

@repgregwalden The last tweet was morse code! Just the ham radio operator in me having fun. It says I’ll chair the communications and tech subcommittee.

Walden will be joined by vice chair Terry Lee (R-Neb.) for the subcommittee overseeing high-tech legislative issues. He is known for his experience in broadcasting and communications policy. On his Web site, Walden's bio states he "fighting for free speech on the airwaves by opposing the return of the so-called Fairness Doctrine."

Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the overseeing Commerce and Energy Committee, made it clear that Walden and the five other subcommittee heads he named Thursday would be focused on spending cuts and repealing regulations. He has been a vocal critic of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality push as proposed by chairman Julius Genachowski.

"Our challenges are many, and it will be all hands on deck for the Energy and Commerce Committee as we repeal Obamacare, cut spending, roll back job-killing regulations, unleash technological innovation, and fortify our nation’s energy security," Upton said in a release. "Every member and every subcommittee will be on the frontlines as we take on federal agencies -- EPA, HHS, DOE, FCC, you name it -- to identify wasteful programs and target areas to immediately cut spending."

By Cecilia Kang  | December 16, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
 
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