A prominent Washington think tank has come out with its pre-election predictions on how key congressional committees will change hands if Republicans take control. Here’s a rundown from the think tank of who is projected to chair these key committees:
On the House side:
Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., is the likely replacement of current chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Ways and Means
David Camp, R-Mich., would succeed Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which oversees such important issues as taxes and Social Security. He supports extending all of the Bush tax cuts.
Oversight and Government Reform
Darrell Issa, R-Calif., would become chairman of this committee that doesn’t produce a lot of legislation, but has considerable oversight power, the think tank says. Issa will likely hold hearings on health care reform and financial regulation, as well as the structure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Energy and Commerce
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, is the ranking member but is term-limited, so Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., appears next in line to assume the chairmanship.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., would replace the retiring David Obey, D-Wis., as chairman of the full Appropriations Committee.