New House committee chairs reflect GOP’s concept of diversity

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WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, demonstrated the difficulty his party has with the concept of diversity yesterday when he announced the names of the 19 people who will chair all of the major committees in the new Congress.

They are all white men and most of them are millionaires.

Rep, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the defeated vice presidential candidate, will continue to chair the powerful House budget committee, despite having exhausted the six-year term limit. The GOP lifted the rules to allow him to continue in that post.

They did not change the rules however when it came to a woman. The one female chair that House Republicans have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, has to step down because her term is up.

The failure to include even a single woman or member of a minority group surprised many in the Capitol here who noted they would have expected something different from a Republican Party that had just been so soundly rejected by women and minority voters.

"One would think House Republicans would learn from their mistakes," a senior Democratic aide told the Huffington Post. "But they elected a roster of committee chairs that represent their ranks: old white men."

Democrats have not yet announced who will be the ranking members of their party on each of the 19 House committees but at least nine or 10 of the 19 are expected to be women, African American or Latino.

Either Reps. Nita Lowey nor Marcy Kaptur, Democrats of N.Y and Ohio respectively, is slated to take the most powerful Democratic House Committee post on the Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), an African American, will take over as the ranking Democrat on Financial Services with Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who is also African-American, maintaining his top slot on the Judiciary Committee.

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  • The old white men are going to be dying out. Then what will the Republicans do? Maybe they will go the way of the dodo bird and just become extinct.

    Can you think of any thing less relevant than the Republican Party?

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 12/04/2012 8:18am (3 years ago)

  • Incapable of learning anything new

    Posted by Lois r, 11/30/2012 2:42pm (3 years ago)

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