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HOUSE: First round of Energy and Commerce battle goes to Waxman
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) scored a slim opening round win today in his bid to take the gavel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).
Waxman captured a majority of support from the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, a group heavily tilted toward allies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The final tally was 25-22, according to Steering Committee co-Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) Dingell, the 27-term lawmaker from the auto manufacturing hub of Dearborn, Mich., collected the bulk of his votes from industrial state lawmakers.