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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060208/ap_on_go_co/delay_appropriations;_ylt=AiA1VIrekIOQZYIBcBMPw52s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDM- DeLay Lands Coveted
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 8, 2006
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      DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot

      By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Wed Feb 8,
      5:39 PM ET

      WASHINGTON - Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step
      down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a
      soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him
      with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.

      DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the
      subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which
      is currently investigating an influence-peddling
      scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and
      his dealings with lawmakers. The subcommittee also has
      responsibility over NASA — a top priority for DeLay,
      since the Johnson Space Center is located in his
      Houston-area district.

      "Allowing Tom DeLay to sit on a committee in charge of
      giving out money is like putting Michael Brown back in
      charge of FEMA — Republicans in Congress just can't
      seem to resist standing by their man," said Bill
      Burton, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional
      Campaign Committee.

      GOP leaders also named California Rep. Howard "Buck"
      McKeon as chairman of the Education and the Workforce
      Committee. Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio,
      vacated that post after winning a campaign to replace
      DeLay.

      McKeon is a seven-term conservative who has a
      generally good relationship with educators. He
      authored a 2001 law to remove disincentives for
      workers who would have lost part of their Social
      Security benefits when switching jobs to become public
      school teachers.

      DeLay was able to rejoin the powerful Appropriations
      panel — he was a member until becoming majority leader
      in 2003 — because of a vacancy created after the
      resignation of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif.
      Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to charges
      relating to accepting $2.4 million in bribes for
      government business and other favors.
    • THOMAS JOHNSON
      Probably part of a deal worked out to get Delay resign to his majority leader post without causing a scene ...
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 8, 2006
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        Probably part of a deal worked out to get Delay resign
        to his majority leader post without causing a scene

        --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

        >
        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060208/ap_on_go_co/delay_appropriations;_ylt=AiA1VIrekIOQZYIBcBMPw52s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDM-
        >
        > DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot
        >
        > By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Wed Feb 8,
        > 5:39 PM ET
        >
        > WASHINGTON - Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step
        > down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a
        > soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him
        > with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.
        >
        > DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the
        > subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department,
        > which
        > is currently investigating an influence-peddling
        > scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff
        > and
        > his dealings with lawmakers. The subcommittee also
        > has
        > responsibility over NASA — a top priority for DeLay,
        > since the Johnson Space Center is located in his
        > Houston-area district.
        >
        > "Allowing Tom DeLay to sit on a committee in charge
        > of
        > giving out money is like putting Michael Brown back
        > in
        > charge of FEMA — Republicans in Congress just can't
        > seem to resist standing by their man," said Bill
        > Burton, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional
        > Campaign Committee.
        >
        > GOP leaders also named California Rep. Howard "Buck"
        > McKeon as chairman of the Education and the
        > Workforce
        > Committee. Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio,
        > vacated that post after winning a campaign to
        > replace
        > DeLay.
        >
        > McKeon is a seven-term conservative who has a
        > generally good relationship with educators. He
        > authored a 2001 law to remove disincentives for
        > workers who would have lost part of their Social
        > Security benefits when switching jobs to become
        > public
        > school teachers.
        >
        > DeLay was able to rejoin the powerful Appropriations
        > panel — he was a member until becoming majority
        > leader
        > in 2003 — because of a vacancy created after the
        > resignation of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif.
        > Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to charges
        > relating to accepting $2.4 million in bribes for
        > government business and other favors.
        >
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