Mediocre House Committee Chairmen Selected

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

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Republicans in Washington are looking for ways to change the face of the party following their defeat in the presidential election.  However, one thing that will not change is the face of GOP leaders in the House.

Last week, John Boehner stacked the Steering Committee, which is responsible for selecting committee assignments, with like-minded stooges.  He also gave himself 5 votes.  Not surprisingly, there aren’t too many changes from the array of weak committee chairmen.  Dave Camp is still at Ways and Means; Fred Upton is still at Energy & Commerce; Hal Rogers is still chairing Appropriations.  The only positive change for conservatives is that Jeb Hensarling will be replacing Spencer Bauchus at Financial Services.

Here are the 2011 ratings for the proposed roster of chairmen.  None of the important economic policy committees are chaired by conservatives.  Republicans might wish to change the party platform, but it is the face of leadership that needs to change:

Committee

Chairman

Heritage Action Club for Growth Madison Performance Index

Agriculture

Frank Lucas

55

48

-38.5

Appropriations

Hal Rogers

56

48

-38

Armed Services

Buck McKeon

56

50

-26.5

Budget

Paul Ryan

78

73

2

Education

John Kline

67

70

-8

Energy & Commerce

Fred Upton

52

52

-18.5

Ethics

TBA

Financial Services

Jeb Hensarling

84

87

-4.5

Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

91

91

8.5

Homeland Security

Mike Mcaul

71

72

-14

House Administration

TBA

Intelligence

Mike Rogers (MI)

60

66

-10.5

Judiciary

Bob Goodlatte

69

88

-10

Natural Resources

Doc Hastings

57

52

-35.5

Oversight

Darrell Issa

75

74

-11

Rules

Pete Sessions

74

77

-7

Science, Space, & Tech

Lamar Smith

59

59

-31

Small Business

Sam Graves

63

66

-16.5

Transportation & Infrastructure

Bill Shuster

55

54

-35.5

Veterans’ Affairs

Jeff Miller

91

86

-1.5

Ways and Means

Dave Camp

59

50

-20.5

 Cross-posted from The Madison Performance Index

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