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Brett Shogren, who served as policy director to one-time House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), has been named a senior vice president at the Washington Group.
At the firm, Shogren will focus on House leadership and policy issues for the firm’s clients. On Capitol Hill, he advised DeLay on such issues as Trade Promotion Authority and the Medicare prescription drug law, among others. He also focused on foreign affairs and national security. Legal woes and scandals forced DeLay to quit the leadership and ultimately his seat in Congress.
Shogren, 32, said he plans to work on a range of issues from health care and telecommunications to trade issues. He will be under a one-year lobbying ban during which he cannot contact House leadership offices on behalf of clients.
Shogren spent 10 years on Capitol Hill, including seven with DeLay’s operation. “I’m excited to see something new,” he said.
Vietnam Vets Center. Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.) said Tuesday that no action was expected on a Senate bill that would effectively eliminate the federal public review of the site selection and design process for the proposed Vietnam Veterans Memorial visitor center.
“Frankly, unless there’s a really compelling reason why, I’d like to follow the process rather than have the Congress move in and shut off the process in place,” Thomas said after a Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on national parks hearing on the legislation.
The Senate measure is similar to a bill, overwhelmingly approved by the House in March, that designates a swath of Northwest land bordered by Henry Bacon Drive, 23rd Street, Constitution Avenue and the Lincoln Memorial as the home of the to-be-constructed, underground Vietnam Veterans Memorial visitor center.
Earlier, the National Capital Planning Commission — one of two federal review agencies responsible under the Commemorative Works Act for site and design approval for new memorials and museums on District land administered by the National Park Service and General Services Administration — had requested an environmental document analyzing some of the sites under consideration for the center.
Some House Resources Committee members, most notably the panel’s chairman, Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), who introduced the House bill, have blamed the NCPC’s bureaucratic red tape for the delay in approval of the site for the center, first authorized by Congress in late 2003.
At the Tuesday hearing, NCPC Executive Director Patricia Gallagher said she expected the center submission to be considered at the NCPC’s August meeting. Meanwhile, a NPS official indicated that the required environmental analysis would be completed by the end of this month. Thomas, who chairs the panel, later said the Senate bill could still move if the NCPC did not proceed as promised.
— Kate Ackley and Bree Hocking