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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Braley to Energy and Commerce Committee?

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

This week's palace coup in the halls of Congress may put Iowa's Bruce Braley on one of the House's most powerful committees. Braley was a key backer of California Rep. Henry Waxman, who overthrew Michigan's John Dingell as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The vote was a big win for alternative energy, climate change control, and for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a loss for the auto industry, the seniority system, and Iowa caucus enemy Dingell. Braley's reward may be a seat on Energy and Commerce, a real plum for a second-term member. The Hill reports that the expanded Democratic majority will mean up to five additional Democratic seats on Energy and Commerce, and Braley is the only name specifically mentioned. If the appointment happens, Braley will likely be a key ally to new chairman Waxman.

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