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Upton, Rogers Win Committee Chairs

Fred Upton's win over Joe Barton is a slap in the face for the old time Texan, who lost his bid to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee this afternoon. Upton launched a campaign in the days leading up to the vote, trying to reassure Republicans that he wouldn't cave to moderate demands, such as his ill-placed vote against the incandescent light bulb. Barton had to wrangle with a term-limits issue and his BP gaffe, which probably cost him the chairmanship.
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Hal Rogers of Kentucky won the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that controls the budgeting process every year. Rogers has been widely criticized as a pork barrel spender, though has more recently adopted an anti-earmark stance. He'll be taking the gavel from retiring Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin.

The wins must be approved by a full Republican conference, but that's just a formality. It will be up to these guys to help Rep. John Boehner hold down the fort for the next two years.

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