Next chairman to focus on transparency, growth
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 12/08/2010 03:29:14 PM PST

Two area lawmakers will take over influential congressional committees in January.

Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, was selected Wednesday as chairman of the House Rules Committee and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was selected as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

“Under a new majority, the 112th Congress will be managed differently than any Congress before it and I am honored to be a part of Speaker-designate (John) Boehner’s leadership team,” said Dreier, whose district includes Claremont, Montclair, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.

Dreier served as chairman of the Rules Committee – the so-called “traffic cop” of Congress – from 1999 through the end of 2006.

The committee determines the rules – such as the amount of time allowed for debate – that apply to bills to be voted on by the House of Representatives. Under his leadership, Dreier said the committee would focus on transparency and on helping Congress cut spending.

“We need to make the House more transparent and accountable to the American people,” he said. “We also need to reform the rules and operations of the House to ensure that they encourage spending reductions and economic growth.”

McKeon, who took over as the armed services committee’s top Republican in May 2009, said it is a “unique honor” to be named chairman of the committee.

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