Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Waxman Becomes Chair of House Energy & Commerce Committee

Last week U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) became chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He took the reigns from Representative John Dingell, who had chaired or served as ranking Democrat on the committee for nearly three decades. The Washington Post described this changing of the guard as a blow to the auto industry and a boon for environmentalists.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce handles legislation on a wide variety of topics. Its subcommittees include Consumer, Trade and Consumer Protection; Energy and Air Quality; Environment and Hazardous Materials; Health; Oversight and Investigations; and Telecommunications and the Internet. Colorado is accounted for by Representative Diana DeGette, who currently serves as vice chair of the committee.

See Representative Waxman's website to read his statement after being elected to chair the Committee. You can access Representative Dingell's website here. To find out which bills the representatives have sponsored or co-sponsored in the House, go to the Library of Congress's Thomas website and conduct a search under the heading "Browse Bills by Sponsor." This helpful website provides you with bill numbers, titles, summaries, full text of the legislation, current status of the bill, and other helpful congressional information associated with the legislation.

To find further resources about congressional committees and legislation, see our guide.

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