HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > Race for Key Committee Post Divides House Democrats

Race for Key Committee Post Divides House Democrats

Earlier this year, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced his retirement after this session of Congress. Not only did this set off a race for his Los Angeles-area Congressional seat, but also for his spot as top Democrat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) would be in line for the post in order of seniority, and he is actively courting support.  However, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), the lead Democrat on the Communications & Technology Subcommittee, is also attempting to win the top Democrat spot on the full committee.  This battle took an interesting turn in recent days as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made the unusual move of publicly entering the fray and endorsing her California colleague, Ms. Eshoo.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who has been at odds with Leader Pelosi in the past, then stated his support for Mr. Pallone to reporters.  A decision will not be made by the Democratic Caucus in the House until after the November mid-term elections.

  • Find additional coverage on this committee race here and here.  

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: March 7, 2014

Latest News

House Attention to Low-Power, Satellite Television Legislation

NRB members with television ministries may be particularly interested in two happenings this week in the House of Representatives.

NRB Opposes Administration Intolerance

This week the President made good on his promise to LGBT activists to issue an ENDA-like Executive Order applying to federal contractors. Unfortunately, despite widespread concern and...

The Internet Road to Nowhere

Last week, in the detailed comment that NRB filed with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on the issue of Internet regulation, this question was raised: What would it profit America to gain the world of digital innovation if, in the process, we end up losing our First Amendment soul?

Persecuted Sudanese Christian Mother Free

Aided by the Italian government, Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and two young children successfully exited Sudan this week.

NRB 2015 Media Awards: Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Enter!

NRB is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Annual Media Awards and will be doing so until August 4, 2014. A longstanding hallmark of NRB, the awards program remains one of the association's most valued traditions.

Exhibit Space at the NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention Available Now! Get Yours Today!

Want to place your company or ministry in front of thousands of decision-makers in an ever-growing industry? Then consider exhibiting at NRB’s 2015 International Christian Media Convention.

Available Now: Your Organization's Own Private Lounge or Suite at the NRB 2015 Convention!

Need a temporary headquarters for your organization during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention? Then a Hospitality Lounge is for you!

Christian Radio Veteran Barry Armstrong to Head Victory Radio Network

Longtime Christian radio leader and Spirit FM co-founder Barry Armstrong has been called out of retirement to lead Liberty University’s Victory Radio Network as General Manager.

Senate Democrats Try to Torpedo Hobby Lobby Ruling

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, had some choice words for Planned Parenthood and others working to radically undermine religious liberty in the Senate this week.

Congressman Calls Out FCC on Broadcast Indecency Enforcement

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) put the FCC on notice that he was displeased with the Commission’s enforcement against indecency on the broadcast airwaves.

More News