Canton Repository

January 13, 2007

Regula approved to lead panel

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON Rep. Ralph Regula has received GOP leaders' approval to serve as top Republican on a new appropriations subcommittee dealing with financial institutions of government, officials said Friday.

The veteran lawmaker also will remain on another high-profile subcommittee that crafts spending plans for education, medical research, health care and job training programs - a panel he previously chaired.

Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, said in a statement he looks forward to the new assignment. He said it will allow him to "support a responsible free enterprise system that protects consumers and allows small business to thrive in Ohio and across the country."

In another development, Democratic leaders announced they have given freshman Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio (Dover), a third committee assignment.

He will serve on the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He was previously named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee.

Regula's new subcommittee, created by Democrats after they won control of Congress in November, is called the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

The panel, chaired by Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., will allocate funding to the Treasury Department, Small Business Administration, federal courts, Postal Service and several other government agencies.

Regula remains on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee, which he chaired for the past six years.