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California Capitol Hill Bulletin

Volume 8, Bulletin 1 -- January 4, 2001    [or see pdf version]

Rep. Bill Thomas to Chair Ways & Means

California won a significant victory on Thursday, January 4, when the House leadership selected Rep. Bill Thomas (Bakersfield) to head the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the 107th Congress. The committee’s broad jurisdiction includes taxation, medicare, social security, employment, welfare and trade issues. Thomas, who has been chair of the panel’s Health Subcommittee, has proven himself to be one of the House’s leading experts on medicare policy.

With his chairmanship and that of Rep. David Dreier (San Dimas) on the Rules Committee, Californians will lead two of the three committees traditionally considered the most powerful in the House -- the third being Appropriations, where Rep. Jerry Lewis (Redlands) ranks third and chairs the Defense Subcommittee.

Rep. Thomas, widely renowned for his ability to grasp and wrestle with complicate issues, is a former university professor who has served in the House since 1979. He won a hard-fought battle with Rep. Phil Crane (IL) to become Ways & Means chairman.

California Institute Holds Welcome Back to Congress Reception

The 107th Congress, which included six new Californians among its membership, was sworn in on the Wednesday, January 3. That evening, the California Institute held a reception, hosted by Allergan, Inc., marking the swearing-in of the 107th Congress. The reception, held in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building, was also supported by AMD and the California State University. Congressional hosts included Reps. Jerry Lewis (Redlands) and Sam Farr (Carmel), chairs, respectively of the California Republican and Democratic Congressional Delegation. The event was well attended by a bipartisan cross-section of California delegation members and staff, Institute supporters and colleagues, and other public officials, including Commerce Secretary and Transportation Secretary-designee Norman Mineta, Secretary of the Army and former Los Angeles area legislator Louis Caldera, and NASA Administrator and former TRW official Dan Goldin.

NOTE: The California Institute below provides a California roster of 107th Congress members, as well as a California analysis of provisions of the FY01 omnibus appropriations bill, passed by Congress on December 15. All analyses will be available on the California Institute website.

Labor-HHS-Education appropriations the FY 2001 Omnibus Bill

Commerce-Justice-State appropriations in the FY 2001 Omnibus Bill

[An analysis of Miscellaneous Provisions will be provided shortly.]


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