Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:52 PM
DonViejo (17,336 posts)
Republicans Announce All Male House Chairs
IGOR BOBIC 6:54 PM EST, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Twelve of the major House committees will be chaired by men in the 113th Congress, the House Republican Steering Committee announced on Tuesday, as reported by Politico:
After a day of meetings closed to the public, the House Republican Steering Committee announced an all-male slate of committee chairs, including 12 returning lawmakers who will head up some of the most important panels in Washington. The chairmen for the House Ethics Committee and House Administration Committee have yet to be chosen, so a woman could end up in one of those slots.
"Is anyone really surprised?" the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Tweeted, following the report.
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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:46 PM
Tx4obama (36,974 posts)
16. The OP says 12, but the article on the front page of HuffPo says: 19
House GOP Committee Chairs Will All Be White Men In Next Congress
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they're all white men.
There isn't a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday -- a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up. While there are still two lower-tier House committees awaiting a chair assignment -- the Ethics Committee and House Administration -- neither committee has any women or minority members.
At least one Senate Democrat was quick to point out that something is missing from the Republican lineup.
"Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM," tweeted Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who included a link to Boehner's press release announcing the chair posts.
To be fair, House committee chairs are typically chosen based on their seniority on the committee, and most committees don't have Republican women or minorities at senior levels. In addition, there just aren't that many House Republican women and minorities to go around. In the 113th Congress, which kicks off in January, House Republicans will have 20 women in their camp, compared to 61 House Democratic women. You can count on two hands the number of House Republicans who are minorities. By contrast, in the new Congress, the House Democratic Caucus will have a majority of women and minorities for the first time in history.