January 11, 2007
Regula set to get new, less powerful financial post
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON Rep. Ralph Regula, the veteran lawmaker who in recent
years has been one of the most powerful members of the House
Appropriations Committee, has already taken a major hit to his
clout as a result of the Democratic takeover of Congress.
Now, as a result of GOP term limits for committee chairmen, he
also is losing his post as Republican leader on a high-profile
appropriations subcommittee that doles out federal funding for
education initiatives, medical research and health care and job
Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, has served as chairman of the
Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee for
the past six years, which is the maximum.
But Regula, one of the longest-serving Republicans on the
committee, will remain one of the appropriations leaders through
his proposed assignment as ranking Republican on the newly
formed Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
Regula was reluctant Wednesday to discuss the reassignment,
since it was not yet final. But he said the financial services
panel was one that he had expressed interest in.
"It's a new subcommittee," he said, noting the Democratic
leadership created the panel during a reorganization of the
committee. "It has enormous jurisdiction and should be
The subcommittee has jurisdiction over spending in the Treasury
Department, federal courts and District of Columbia, among other
federal agencies. It is one of 12 appropriations subcommittees.
The assignment still needs approval from the House Republican
Steering Committee, which is anticipated to act on the
recommendation as early as today, a spokesman for House Minority
Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester, said.
Regula indicated he might have another subcommittee assignment
but was mum on what it might be.