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Pelosi announces Porter, Haaland will sit on Oversight panel

Pelosi announces Porter, Haaland will sit on Oversight panel
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Deb HaalandDebra HaalandFormer Sen. Carol Moseley Braun stumps for Interior post: 'A natural fit for me' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-N.M.) will join the House Oversight Committee, taking the places of former Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview MORE (D-Md.) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKatie Hill to launch 'Naked Politics' podcast Katie Hill claims hackers used government account to accuse her of 'workplace abuse' Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta endorses California Democratic House challenger MORE (D-Calif.). 

Cummings died in October while he was serving as the panel's leader. Hill resigned in November after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a staffer. 

Pelosi praised Porter and Haaland, both of whom are first-term lawmakers, in a statement on Tuesday. She called Porter an "unparalleled champion for consumers and working families across America," and said that Haaland has "distinguished herself as a patriotic, persistent leader."

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"The leadership of these outstanding Members will be vital in advancing the Committee’s work at this important time in our nation’s history: ensuring that the Congress can function as our Founders intended, as a co-equal branch acting as a check and balance on the others, and that our Democratic Majority can continue to achieve progress For The People," the speaker added.

Porter said in a Tuesday tweet that she was "excited" to join the committee. 

The Oversight Committee is the House's main investigative panel and was one of the committees that was part of the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE. It has been led by Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Democrats subpoena private prison operator in forced hysterectomy case Overnight Health Care: Biden team to begin getting COVID briefings | Fauci says he would 'absolutely' serve on Biden's COVID task force | Major glove factories close after thousands test positive for COVID-19 House Oversight panel asks Purdue Pharma's Sackler family to testify over opioid crisis MORE (D-N.Y.) following Cummings's death. 

Cummings 68, died from "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to his office. 

Hill resigned after explicit photos of her were leaked, which she said was by her husband, and after she was accused of having an affair with a congressional staffer. She denied the accusations but admitted to an affair with a campaign staffer. 

During her final floor speech, Hill said she was leaving due to a "double standard" faced by women.