Meet the new bosses com­ing into Con­gress

San Antonio Express-News - - BUSINESS - By James Os­borne

WASH­ING­TON — With Democrats win­ning con­trol of the House, these are the politi­cians ex­pected to as­sume con­trol of the House com­mit­tees crit­i­cal to Texas busi­ness and in­dus­try.

House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee

Rep. Frank Pal­lone

With three decades in the House, this New Jer­sey con­gress­man knows the ins and outs of Capi­tol Hill. And in a state that counts six oil re­finer­ies, he is no stranger to the en­ergy in­dus­try. If he ends up helm­ing the pow­er­ful En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee, ex­pect him to delve into how the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion went about rolling back en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion laws to boost oil and gas pro­duc­tion.

House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee

Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters

At 80, this Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat is a lib­eral icon and out­spo­ken critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, with whom she en­gages in reg­u­lar sparring ses­sions through the press. As the likely chair of the Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, ex­pect her to con­tinue her long­stand­ing push to strengthen the Con­sumer Fi­nan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau and crack down on high in­ter­est loan pro­grams tar­get­ing stu­dents and vet­er­ans.

House Science, Space and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee Rep. Ed­die Ber­nice John­son This 82-year-old con­gress­woman rep­re­sent­ing Dal­las has been a long­time foil to the cur­rent com­mit­tee chair­man, re­tir­ing Rep. La­mar Smith, R-San An­to­nio, as he sought to un­der­mine cli­mate change re­search. As chair­woman, John­son can be ex­pected to ramp up hear­ings on the dan­gers of cli­mate change, draw­ing on her over­sight pow­ers over NASA and other fed­eral science agen­cies. Be­fore pol­i­tics, John­son served as chief psy­chi­atric nurse at the vet­er­ans hos­pi­tal in Dal­las.

House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee

Rep. Richard Neal

The for­mer mayor of Spring­field, Mass., Neal has rep­re­sented that state in the House since 1989. Over that time, he has de­vel­oped the rep­u­ta­tion as a mod­er­ate on trade, sup­port­ing NAFTA and other moves to lower trade bar­ri­ers with other coun­tries. He was also an op­po­nent of Trump’s tax cuts and is ex­pected to try and roll them back.

House Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee

Rep. Raul Gri­jalva

The son of a mi­grant worker from Mex­ico, this three-term con­gress­man from Ari­zona is ex­pected to be a stark shift from the drillingfriendly poli­cies of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the cur­rent chair­man. A cham­pion of strength­en­ing over­sight of off­shore drilling fol­low­ing the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon ex­plo­sion in 2010, Gri­jalva has earned top rat­ings from groups in­clud­ing the League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers. Now he will be in a po­si­tion to ex­am­ine the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “en­ergy dom­i­nance” pol­icy.

Wa­ters

Neal

Pal­lone

Gri­jalva

John­son

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