What’s Next for the Energy and Commerce Committee?
Now that it’s more or less official that Republicans will take over the House, key Republicans are working to position themselves to take over the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the most senior Republican on the committee, made it known tonight that he wants the spot, even though he must secure a waiver to take over the chairmanship because he’s already served three terms as the top GOP member of the panel. He told The Hill tonight that he will seek such a waiver.
Though Barton said he wants the chairmanship, many Republicans have privately raised concerns about putting Barton in the role. They point to an incident earlier this year when he appeared to apologize to BP for the way the Obama administration treated the company after the spill. Press reports indicate that Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) would also like to take over the chairmanship of the committee.
Here’s more on energy committee musical chairs, from a post I wrote last week.