US House Committe Happenings

As has been widely reported on Redstate state today Republican Rep. Don Young (Alaska) has stepped down as Ranking Minority Member of the House Natural Resources Committee.  This does not come as a huge shock for it was reported on Redstate yesterday that Republican Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (Ohio-8) was going to try and force him from the post. 

Republican Rep. David Camp (Michigan-4) won the GOP Conference’s endorsement over Republican Rep. Wally Herger (California-2) for Ranking Minority Member of the House Ways and Means Committee.  This was not a shock, but Herger did have senority over Camp.  Look for Rep. Camp’s name in the news with the gavel of that committee belonging to ethical challenged Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel (New York-15).

Republican Rep. John McHugh (New York-23) will take over as Ranking Minority Member of the House Armed Services Committe.  He beat out Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (Maryland-6) and Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas-13).  This was not a shock either for McHugh has senority over both Bartlett and Thornberry.

Democrat Rep. Edolphus Towns (New York-10) will take over as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He will succeed Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman (California-30) who recently took over the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Jared Allen speculates that Towns was not who Democratic House Leadership wanted for the gavel, but Towns did a great job of whipping his support and didn’t leave much room for anyone to challenge him.

My two cents: I am thrilled Young gave up the top spot on Natural Resources.  I was hoping Herger and Thornberry would win their races but oh well.  Finally, I’m not sure why Democratic Leadership didn’t want Towns, but hopefully that will blow up in the Democratic Caucus.