Thursday, December 07, 2006

Signs of Life in House GOP

Lots were disappoined when the House Republicans returned John Boehner and Roy Blunt to leadership positions, taking it as a sign that they did not realize the importance of promoting an aggressive conservative posture and adhering to principle.

Well, today in selecting Paul Ryan (R-WI) as their leader on budget issues, they may have demonstrated that they get the message. Ryan brings a commitment to low taxes and spending restraint that will be most welcome.

From Roll Call ($):

House GOP Selects Ranking Members; Bachus Wins Financial Services
Thursday, Dec. 7; 1:02 pm

The House Republican Steering Committee decided several contested ranking member races today.

Rep. Spencer Bachus (Ala.) bested Rep. Richard Baker (La.) for the Financial Services ranking membership, while Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) won the top slot on the uBdget panel over Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.).

Rep. John Mica (Fla.) will be the ranking member on Transportation and Infrastructure, beating out Rep. Tom Petri (Wis.). The current Transportation and Infrastructure chairman, Rep. Don Young (Alaska), was named ranking member of the Resources Committee, a panel he previously has chaired.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) took the top GOP post on the International Relations Committee, defeating Reps. Ed Royce (Calif.), Chris Smith (N.J.) and Dan Burton (Ind.). Rep. Ralph Hall (Texas) will be ranking member of the Science Committee after beating out Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.), the current Judiciary chairman and former Science chairman. Rep. Steve Chabot (Ohio) will be the lead Republican on the Small Business Committee.

The choices are all expected to be ratified by the full GOP Conference later today.

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