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Byrd to Give Up Appropriations Chairmanship

Robert, Byrd, the oldest and longest serving U.S. Senator in the Chamber’s history will voluntarily give up his Chairmanship on the powerful Appropriations Committee. This ends speculation on Byrd’s fate on the Committee as many began to doubt his ability to manage the Committee given his failing health and age. Byrd is approaching 91. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, 84, will take the gavel of the Appropriations Committee.

Inouye’s ascension to the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee will set off a chain-reaction among other Senate panels. Inouye currently chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee but will have to give up that post. Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is next in line on Commerce and could take over as chairman.

If Rockefeller takes the Commerce gavel, that means he has to give up his chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is next in line on that committee, and Democratic sources said she is interested in becoming chairwoman. Rockefeller’s office would not comment on his future plans.

Byrd, as the most senior Senator, will remain pro tempore of the Senate and thus third in line to the Presidency.

Categories: Democrats, Other PoliticsPosted on: 7th November 2008 by: admin
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