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House Democrats chose Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York as the new chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

House Democrats chose Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York as the new chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over procurement matters.

Republicans named Rep. Darrell Issa of California as the panel's ranking minority member.

Towns has served on the committee for 26 years. In a statement, he said he will concentrate on "constructive oversight of the executive branch and private sector, contracting reform, the rights and duties of federal employees, and voting representation for the District of Columbia."

Towns succeeds Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, who will become chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in next year's Congress.

Rep. Issa lost no time in claiming Waxman's mantle as the opposition "junkyard dog" snapping at the administration's heels. "Government Reform and Oversight has absolutely no limit as to the aspects of our government that it can look into and should look into," he told the Washington Post.
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Title Annotation:Washington Insider
Publication:Set-Aside Alert
Date:Dec 19, 2008
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