Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's Raining Men on the House Committees


Here's a little clip-n-save moment for you from today's news. The one thing that Republicans control in Washington is the House of Representatives, right? They have a majority there. And today the Republicans decided who they were putting in charge of their committees in the House. . . . In other words, they have put in charge everyone they have the power to put in charge of everything they are in charge of. And here they are (shows pictures). Did you notice anything about their selections? Here - here's the whole group (see picture above).
They picked these 19 guys. Notice anything?
So yeah, this is what you can clip and save for the next time someone in the Beltway tells you how seriously the Republican Party is taking its diversity problem. (laughs) Clip 'n Save, fellas.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC

The 113th Congress will set some big diversity records, with more women serving than ever before and an entire delegation of women from New Hampshire, but unfortunately none of that diversity will be reflected in House committee leadership.
House Speaker John Boehner announced the chairs of most major House committees for the 113th Congress on Tuesday, and all 19 of them are white males, prompting many Democratic lawmakers to ask, “Where are the women?”—a phrase often echoed last year as women’s voices were kept out of hearings on women’s health issues.
~ Morgan Whitaker on MSNBC

Here is the list:

Agriculture – Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Armed Services – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA)
Budget – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Education and the Workforce – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Energy and Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Financial Services – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Foreign Affairs – Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
Homeland Security – Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX)
Intelligence – Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Judiciary – Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Natural Resources – Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
Oversight and Government Reform – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Rules – Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Science, Space, and Technology – Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Small Business – Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
Transportation and Infrastructure – Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Veterans’ Affairs – Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Ways and Means – Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)

CBS News Story:
House Speaker John Boehner released the proposed recommendations for chairmen in 19 of the 21 House committees - powerful posts that set legislative agenda and priorities in respective issue areas - and there's not one woman or minority on the list.

In the current congress, one Hispanic woman led a committee: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who is chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee through the end of the year. She's stepping down as chairman due to caucus-imposed term limits on committee chairmen.

In fact, most of the chairmen from the 112th Congress are returning to their posts in the 113th - there are only six new chairmen out of the 19 announced.


It's almost like they're defiant, saying 'we're not going to listen to the election results, we're not going to change a darn thing we're doing, we think we're doing just fine. We got here, this is the club, this is the way we want it, and this is the way we're going to keep it.' Where are the women that they were pushing out during the War on Women debate? Cathy McMorris Rogers? Women who worked for them and defended their terrible, in my opinion, policies. Where are these people now?
~ Joan Walsh on Hardball

I get increasingly aware as you watch this show develop over the last, what - 18 years in different forms - I get increasingly aware that there's all white people at the table. The Sunday shows are the same way. You get the sense that there's something wrong with this picture.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball

What's happened with the Republicans is they are, the Republican Party, is a Mad Men party in a Modern Family America. And it just doesn't fit anymore.
~ Matt Dowd on ABC News

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