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Re: [prezveepsenator] DeLay gets to investigate Abramoff

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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Probably part of a deal worked out to get Delay resign to his majority leader post without causing a scene ...
    Message 1 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-
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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.
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