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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 PelosiOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks MORE (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Deb HaalandDeb HaalandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (D-N.M.) will join the House Oversight Committee, taking the places of former Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBottom line House Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them MORE (D-Md.) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillObamas to attend Biden inauguration Trump pardons George Papadopoulos in latest batch of pardons Former Rep. Katie Hill files lawsuit against ex-husband, Daily Mail over nude photos 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE. It has been led by Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyDOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Government watchdog finds federal cybersecurity has 'regressed' in recent years Lawmakers line up behind potential cyber breach notification legislation 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.