Capitol Hill Panels Reorganized, New Leaders Named
In another sign of the changed priorities for Congress with the House now under Democratic control, the main committee there has reorganized its subcommittees and has named new leadership. The retitled House Oversight and Reform Committee now has five subcommittees: civil rights and civil liberties; economic and consumer policy; environment; government operations and national security. Only the last two of those had direct counterparts under Republican control, with former subcommittees on IT and on intergovernmental relations now eliminated. The other subcommittees from prior Congresses were on healthcare, benefits and administrative rules, and on the interior, energy and environment. The key panel for federal employee matters will be the government operations subcommittee, which will feature several Democratic members who are long-time adherents for federal employees including chairman Gerald Connolly of Virginia, Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, John Sarbanes of Maryland and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts. The ranking Republican will be Mark Meadows of North Carolina, one of the House’s leading conservatives. The GOP membership also will include Jody Hice of Georgia, who has been the leading advocate for closer tracking of “official time” by federal employees on union duties–an issue the panel likely will no longer pursue.