Friday, December 19, 2008

Waxman Puts Dingell In His Place

Henry Waxman is one of the most awesome Democrats in the House, and when he won a contentious vote to replace Michigan's John Dingell as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it was a big win for the environment. Dingell's from Michigan, and had opposed curbs on fossil fuel use that the auto industry didn't like.

The Crypt reports that
Waxman continues to be awesome by making nice with Dingell and putting him in charge of something where he's unambiguously on the right side -- health care reform:
By granting Dingell a role as "the lead sponsor" of whatever national health care legislation the committee considers, Waxman is giving the Dean of the House the chance to cap his historic career by realizing his father's goal of universal health care coverage - Dingell's father, a former House member, first introduced legislation creating national health insurance in 1943.
Now, I don't know how big a role the Energy and Commerce Committee has on health care, and the real action is in the Senate anyway. But this is a sweet way for things to go. Update: the committee has jurisdiction over national health insurance.
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