House Democrats launch process to replace Cummings on Oversight panel

House Democrats launch process to replace Cummings on Oversight panel
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A key Democratic committee will meet next month to start the formal process of replacing the late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop Democrats demand answers on DHS plans to deploy elite agents to sanctuary cities House to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address MORE (D-Md.) at the helm of the Oversight and Reform Committee.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDon't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei MORE (D-Calif.), in a letter to Democrats dated Tuesday, announced that the party's Steering and Policy Committee will meet on Nov. 12 to consider the nominations of those vying to fill the seat, which became vacant following Cummings's death on Oct. 17.

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The co-chairs of the Steering and Policy Committee — Reps. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOn The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts USDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid MORE (D-Conn.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeSenior black Democrats urge party chairman to take responsibility for Iowa Lawmakers with first-hand experience using food stamps call on Trump not to cut program Abortion wars flare up in Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellChris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again McCarthy says Trump did not interfere in Roger Stone case House intelligence briefing on worldwide threat assessment delayed MORE (D-Calif.) — also signed the letter.

Pelosi had privately sought to discourage an internal fight for the Oversight gavel — a seat that's taken on outsized significance since the committee is a central player in the fast-moving impeachment investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE.

She tapped Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Lawmakers grill Census Bureau officials after report on cybersecurity issues Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium MORE (D-N.Y.), the most senior member of the panel, to be its acting chairwoman following Cummings's death.

But a number of senior committee members had other ideas, and the list of interested members already includes Reps. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Election security, ransomware dominate cyber concerns for 2020 Hillicon Valley: Groups file appeal over net neutrality ruling | Lawmakers raise concerns over foreign apps | Payroll data stolen from Facebook MORE (D-Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward Connolly'Liberated' Pelosi bashes Trump — and woos Democratic base Trump's best week ever? Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Va.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse passes bill paving way for ERA ratification Abortion wars flare up in Congress House Democrats question Secret Service on payments to Trump properties MORE (D-Calif.).

Some freshmen members of the Oversight Committee are also trying to recruit Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinBarr to testify before House Judiciary panel The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New Hampshire Democrats to plow ahead with Trump probes post-acquittal MORE (D-Md.) for the post. But Raskin, a sophomore, would have to hop over a slew of more senior members of the seat, making him a long shot.

The Steering and Policy Committee is closely aligned with Pelosi, but the panel's word is not final. In 2014, the panel favored Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation Gillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency MORE (D-Calif.) over Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) to become senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone, however, prevailed in a vote of the full caucus and now holds the Energy and Commerce gavel.