Posted at 11:24 AM on November 16, 2012
by Tim Pugmire
Filed under: MN Legislature
The newly-elected DFL majority in the Minnesota House is out with its new committee structure for the 2013-14 Legislative session.
Speaker of the House-designate Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, announced the committees today, as well as the new chairpersons.
"I look forward to working with so many incredibly talented and knowledgeable representatives from across Minnesota," Thissen said in a news release. "They are ready to roll up their sleeves, tackle tough challenges, and govern well."
Here's the list of committees and chairs:
Ways and Means, Rep. Lyndon Carlson
Taxes, Rep. Ann Lenczewski
Property Tax Division, Rep. Jim Davnie
Higher Education Finance and Policy, Rep. Gene Pelowski
Education Finance, Rep. Paul Marquart
Education Policy, Rep. Carlos Mariani
Health and Human Services Finance, Rep. Tom Huntley
Health and Human Services Policy, Rep. Tina Liebling
Capital Investment, Rep. Alice Hausman
Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance, Rep. Jean Wagenius
Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Rep. David Dill
Agriculture Policy, Rep. Jeanne Poppe
Energy Policy, Rep. Melissa Hortman
Transportation Finance, Rep. Frank Hornstein
Transportation Policy, Rep. Ron Erhardt
Judiciary Finance and Policy, Rep. Debra Hilstrom
Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy, Rep. Joe Atkins
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy, Rep. Tim Mahoney
Labor, Workplace, and Regulated Industries, Rep. Sheldon Johnson
State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Mary Murphy
Legacy, Rep. Phyllis Kahn
Housing Finance and Policy, Rep. Karen Clark
Government Operations, Rep. Michael Nelson
Elections, Rep. Steve Simon
Public Safety Finance and Policy, Rep. Michael Paymar
Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy, Rep. Joe Mullery
Civil Law, Rep. John Lesch
Rules and Legislative Administration, Rep. Erin Murphy
WASHINGTON - Michele Bachmann waded back into national politics today after a close re-election last week, accusing President Barack Obama's administration of giving contradictory statements about the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed.
In a lengthy statement issued by her office, Bachmann, who sits on the House Select Permanent Intelligence Committee, stuck to a core set of criticisms against the Obama administration leveled by Republicans. But unlike Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, Bachmann did not call out U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, whom the two senators accused of intentionally misleading the public in TV appearances as to whether terrorists were behind the attack.
Obama and other administration officials have strongly defended Rice, who's considered a potential candidate to be the next Secretary of State, arguing that her comments reflected a consensus view of the intelligence community at the time.
Bachmann also accused the White House of embracing a "false narrative" that the attacks were the result of a riot motivated by an anti-Islamic internet video produced in the U.S. rather than an act of terrorism. Obama pushed back against this accusation in a presidential debate with Mitt Romney, noting that he had called the attack an "act of terror" in a White House address that very day.
Bachmann's comments came after testimony Friday from David Petraeus, the former general and CIA director who resigned abruptly last week due to an affair with his biographer.
Like other Republicans, Bachmann called for a more wide-ranging investigation into "what the President knew and what his actions were."
Bachmann has kept a low profile and declined interview requests since barely edging out her DFL rival Jim Graves by a little more than 4,000 votes in the heavily Republican 6th District. When approached by MPR News for a comment after today's hearing for a reaction to Petraeus's testimony, Bachmann would only say she was "disappointed," and a spokesman said she was not doing media interviews for now.(9 Comments)