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Sunday, January 07, 2007

House appropriators to gain two subcommittees

Incoming House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., is set to announce the new structure and Democratic membership of the prestigious panel for the 110th Congress later this week, including subcommittee chairmen.

The committee reorganization was made formal in a document distributed to panel members this week, according to a Democratic aide who has seen it.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is largely on board with the plan, sources said; his panel is also expected to organize this week, although his office could not be reached for comment by presstime.

According to the aide, Obey plans to expand the number of subcommittees from 10 to 12, creating a new Financial Services Subcommittee with sweeping jurisdiction and restoring the old Legislative Branch panel as a separate subcommittee.

-Peter Cohn, GovExec.com

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