House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi made clear Tuesday she's not willing to cede the public spotlight to President Bush in the weeks before his State of the Union speech.
Pelosi plans to start the 110th Congress with a bang on Jan. 4 -- when the House holds its ceremonial swearing in and elects her as speaker -- by immediately setting off on a sprint of several weeks to enact the Democrats' ambitious 100-hour agenda.
Pelosi's thorniest task will be setting committee assignments for longtime members and the new freshman. Those decisions are handled by the Democratic Steering Committee, but the panel is stacked with Pelosi's allies, including its chair, Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Capitol insiders are already speculating that Pelosi will deny Rep. Jane Harman of Venice (Los Angeles County), the ranking member of Intelligence Committee, the chairmanship of the panel because the two Californians have clashed in the past.
Decisions on committee posts could come as soon as the week of Dec. 4. Pelosi said she has scheduled a Dec. 5 forum for Democratic members on the future of Iraq, with former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke and retired Army Major Gen. John Batiste.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
"Pelosi readying a pre-emptive House agenda"
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