Thursday, November 20, 2008

Waxman in - Dingell out

Well this takes a little of the sting out the Senate's sellout on Lieberman. The House Dems skipped over seniority to make a better choice.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) will become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee after House Democrats voted to replace current Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).

Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote. [...]

Waxman is considered more liberal on issues like climate change, energy and business regulation, and potentially more aggressive on healthcare. Dingell, the longest-serving House lawmaker, is close to the auto industry and autoworkers.
Good for them. The senority system is long overdue to be abolished and Waxman will be lightyears better in pushing for needed policy changes than that dinosaur Dingell. Feels like one small step towards a more responsive Congress to me.

[More posts daily at The Newshoggers and The Detroit News.]

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