By Jay Heflin - 03/25/10 07:58 PM EDT
A big issue for the committee will be offsetting its energy initiative.
Ways and Means member Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said the committee has talked about ending tax preferences for oil producers to help pay for its energy/jobs bill.
"It's been discussed," he told The Hill. "I'm not saying it's gonna happen, but it's been discussed."
Pomeroy will likely oppose ending those tax breaks.
"We've got an awful lot of domestic oil production coming online and a lot of it in my state," he told The Hill. "So I'll be tracking that with great interest."
Oil lobbyists say tax increases on their industry will hurt job creation, which is something most lawmakers don't want, especially in an election year.
"It's gotta be related to jobs," Pascrell said about the committee's agenda. "Or I don't want to hear about it."