Kitty Felde

Big meeting day in DC

It's a big day for meetings here in DC - particularly for members of the California delegation. 

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins a bipartisan group headed to the White House for a meeting with President Obama.  They're talking about what legislation might be possible to pass this lame duck session.

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of Temecula is also heading to the White House later in the day to meet with Vice President Biden.  The incoming chair of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is discussing oversight of the spending of stimulus funds with the VP.

And Redlands Republican Congressman Jerry Lewis makes his ten minute presentation today to the House GOP steering committee to make his pitch that he, as the ranking minority member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he should be chosen as Chair when the GOP assumes leadership in January.  Lewis has a couple of problems: he needs a waiver from Republican rules on term limits and many conservatives think he hasn't done enough to curb spending.  To address the last concern, yesterday, Lewis sent a letter to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency threatening to pull funding for enforcing the administration's new climate change rules.  Lewis also promised "unprecedented levels of oversight" of the agency, particularly on the issue of climate change.

And you thought your life had too many meetings!

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