Rep. Waxman: New House Energy And Commerce Chairman

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House Democrats have selected Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) as the next chairman of the House Energy
and Commerce Committee
, succeeding current Chairman John Dingell (D-MI).

“We congratulate incoming Chairman Henry Waxman and applaud
him for his commitment to ‘achieve energy independence and tackle climate
change’ as top priorities for committee action,” said Larry Schweiger,
president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

“Congressman Waxman has laid out his climate legislation
principles, which are supported by National Wildlife Federation and have
already won support from more than 150 members of the House. We welcome the
opportunity to work with him, the incoming Obama Administration and members of
both sides of the aisle to enact climate legislation in 2009.

“We have been delighted to work with Congressman John
Dingell and look forward to continuing our work together on wildlife
conservation and climate change. He has been a conservation champion for more
than a half century. We at the National Wildlife Federation owe him our deep
appreciation for an extraordinary environmental legacy, a legacy that he will
continue to build in the months and years ahead.”

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