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 BoehnerBoehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Amash's critics miss the fact that partisanship is the enemy of compromise 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 WickerTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand FAA nominee advances to full Senate vote Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown 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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