House GOP will fill vacant panel seats in two weeks

The House Republican Conference will meet the week of Feb. 11 to fill vacant committee positions, according to an internal e-mail obtained by The Hill.

"It's the intention at that point to fill the Appropriations vacancy, the vacancies on [Transportation and Infrastructure], [Veterans’ Affairs], and Financial Services as a result of Rep. [Richard] Baker's (R-La.) departure, and any other vacancies we have as a result of filling these," the note from Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE (R-Ohio) to Steering Committee members stated.

Baker recently announced his retirement after accepting the position of president and CEO of the Managed Funds Association. He will assume the position in February.

The seat on the spending panel left open by the departure of ex-Rep. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMicrosoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Pay America's Coast Guard MORE (R-Miss.), who replaced retired Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), has set off a hotly contested seven-way race for the post.

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