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Waxman Replaces Dingell as Head of House Energy and Commerce

John Dingell (D-MI) has been replaced as chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee by Representative Henry Waxman of California, reports Los Angeles Times's Janet Hook.Hook says that the regime change has come because House Democrats are unhappy with Dingell's defense of the auto industry. Waxman has a much stronger stance on global warming than Dingell.To the device and other medical industries, however, the change may mean an even higher level of scrutiny from the Hill.

November 21, 2008

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Waxman Replaces Dingell as Head of House Energy and Commerce

Waxman is notoriously critical of the pharmaceutical industry, and, to an only slightly lesser degree, the medical device industry.Waxman's promotion to chairman was the result of a vote during a closed meeting of the Caucus. The committee approved Waxman, 137 to 122. This change upsets the seniority system of the House.

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