Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees

Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees
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Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) and Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) were recommended for new committee assignments Tuesday.

The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee recommended Brindisi for the Armed Services Committee and Lamb for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The two filled slots left vacant by the resignation of Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Cenk Uygur updates on Congressional campaign, how I will call out corporate politicians in Washington MORE (D-Calif.) and the death of the late Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (D-Md.), respectively. 

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“On behalf of House Democrats, it is an honor to welcome these outstanding Members of Congress to join these two vital committees,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Congressman Conor Lamb have demonstrated strong leadership, proven experience and bold vision that will be essential as we continue to honor our responsibility to advance progress for American families.”

“Whether working to ensure our brave men and women in uniform have the resources they need to succeed or advancing innovative, forward-looking solutions to rebuild our infrastructure in a green, modern, job-creating way, these hard-working Members will bring their voices and values to deliver on our promises For The People.”

The prominent committee assignments could help boost Brindisi and Lamb, two freshman congressman who flipped Republican-held seats last year, in what are expected to be tight reelection races in 2020.

The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee still have to recommend two members of Congress for the two vacancies left by Cummings and Hill on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The race to replace Cummings, who chaired the powerful panel until his death, is anticipated to be competitive, particularly as the House ramps up its impeachment investigation. 

Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Oversight committee asks DHS for information on family separation Overnight Energy: Appeals court tosses kids' climate suit | California sues Trump over fracking | Oversight finds EPA appointees slow-walked ethics obligations Oversight finds EPA political appointees slow-walked ethics obligations MORE (N.Y.), Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchElection 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 House Democrat questions Google, Apple over handling of foreign-linked apps MORE (Mass.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers Democrats 'utterly unpersuaded' by evidence behind Soleimani strike MORE (Va.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierSenator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Poll: 69 percent of Americans say they are watching impeachment closely The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment face-off; Dems go after Buttigieg in debate MORE (Calif.) have all started courting fellow Oversight members and members of the Steering Committee, which eventually will make a recommendation to the full caucus about who should fill the job on a permanent basis. Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse Oversight committee asks DHS for information on family separation Maryland Rep. Raskin endorses Warren ahead of Iowa caucus Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (Md.) has also been approached about running for the job.

Freshman members of the House Democratic delegation will also have to meet to pick a replacement for Hill as their representative on the leadership team to serve as a liaison between new members and the upper echelons of the caucus.

Reps. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Michigan governor to give Democratic response to Trump State of the Union address The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (Texas), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules House Dems express 'deepening concern' over plans to take .2B from Pentagon for border wall How the 31 Democrats in Trump districts voted on impeachment MORE (N.J.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Democrats worry party is squandering political opportunity on ObamaCare Overnight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — Court ruling reignites ObamaCare fight for 2020 | Congress expands probe into surprise billing | Health industry racks up wins in year-end spending deal MORE (Ill.) all running for the role.