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Committee Changes Affecting Career and Technical Education

Magazine article Techniques

Committee Changes Affecting Career and Technical Education

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As the 109th Congress organizes itself this spring, one of the major tasks for the leadership will be assigning members to committees and confirming committee chairs. While not all new committee assignments have been finalized at press time, several changes that will affect career and technical education have been announced.

Representative Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), former Defense Appropriations subcommittee chairman, was selected to be chairman of the House Appropriations Committee by top Republican leadership. Lewis was chosen over Representatives Ralph Regula (R-Ohio), current Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee chairman, and Harold Rogers (R-Ky.). Rep. Regula still has two more years to serve and is expected to remain as the Labor, HHS and Education subcommittee chairman.

On the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Senate authorizing committee that handles Perkins reauthorization, four members have departed the committee--Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), who did not run for reelection, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.), and Sen. John Warner (R-Va.).

Sen. Edwards is not being replaced on the committee, but the Republicans are adding Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) is the new chairman of the committee, replacing Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who will now chair the Budget Committee.

On the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Chairman John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member George Miller (D-Calif. …

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