NY Congressional Members to lose clout
The Journal News is reporting on the loss of clout by Democratic Members of the NY House delegation in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Another change that may be rough on Democrats is the turnover on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, now headed by Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn. The new Republican majority likely will use the panel to investigate the Obama administration and subpoena officials.
Another Democrat, Rep. Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, will lose the chairmanship of the Small Business Committee. And Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of Harlem stepped down as head of the Ways and Means Committee this year pending the outcome of his ethics trial this month.Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, will no longer run the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department, foreign operations and related agencies, and Rep. Jose Serrano of the Bronx will lose the chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services.
Lowey also has the option of using her seniority to move over to the powerful Appropriations subcommittee that finances the Labor Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Education Department and other agencies. That subcommittee has been chaired by Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Another New York Democrat losing a subcommittee chairmanship is Rep. Eliot Engel of the Bronx. Engel said in an interview he has a good relationship with Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV of Florida, who will take over from Engel as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
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