Waxman unseats Dingell from chair of powerful Energy and Commerce Committee

November 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Global warming | Leave a comment
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Quick note FYI.

Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted
By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: November 20, 2008

WASHINGTON — Representative Henry A. Waxman of California ousted Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan from his post as chairman of the influential Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday, giving President-elect Barack Obama an advantage in his plans to promote efforts to combat global warming.

By a secret vote of 137 to 122, House Democrats ended Mr. Dingell’s nearly 28-year reign as his party’s top member on the committee. In doing so, Mr. Waxman’s backers upended the seniority system to install a leader more in tune with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a variety of issues.

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