New Committee Chair and Global Warming

From Taegan Goddard's Political Wire...

The House Democratic Steering Committee chose Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) to be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year -- "a stinging rebuke" of the sitting chairman, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), CQ Politics reports. Waxman won a 25-22 vote over Dingell in a closed-door meeting. However, the full House Democratic Caucus must approve or reject the decision Thursday. The fight underscores the tensions within the Democratic caucus on high-profile issues such as climate change. Dingell favors a market-based approach toward reducing global warming; Waxman has pushed for a more-aggressive approach towards cutting greenhouse gases.

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