Probably part of a deal worked out to get Delay resign
to his majority leader post without causing a scene
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...
> 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,
> is currently investigating an influence-peddling
> scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff
> his dealings with lawmakers. The subcommittee also
> 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
> giving out money is like putting Michael Brown back
> 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
> Committee. Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio,
> vacated that post after winning a campaign to
> 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
> school teachers.
> DeLay was able to rejoin the powerful Appropriations
> panel he was a member until becoming majority
> 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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