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Waxman to Lead Powerful Washington Committee

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Henry Waxman, the congressman who represents the Westside, was voted today as the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most important House committees with "sweeping jurisdiction over energy, the environment, consumer protection and health care programs," the Associated Press says. He had chaired the committee for 16 years, but most recently was the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee that investigated the White House, among other tasks.