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Chairmen Face Changes, Challenges

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Rep. Fred Upton was elected chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Like the incoming majority as a whole, this slate should and will be judged on its effectiveness in restoring a government worthy of the trust of the people it serves — one that honors our Constitution and stands up for the values that built a great nation: economic freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility,” the Ohio Republican said.

The slate of Steering Committee recommendations will have to be approved by the entire House Republican Conference before the positions are official.

That vote is scheduled for today.

After the chairmen are approved, they face a list of changes and tasks from Boehner and his deputies, according to a 20-question survey distributed to chairman candidates last week.

The survey sent from Boehner and Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor (Va.) on Tuesday asked prospective chairmen to provide a detailed explanation of how they would lead their committees on a range of issues from staffing matters to oversight. The questionnaire discouraged the candidates from launching investigations that could be read as blatant partisan attacks.

Incoming chairmen also will be asked to hold their membership accountable — and will likely have to post member attendance and committee voting records online, the survey said.

“You should know that this will likely be adopted as a new rule by the Conference and that the Steering Committee may meet regularly to discuss Member performance in committees,” the survey noted.

While the survey asked whether the candidates would be comfortable with certain changes, members of leadership have made clear that chairmen will be required to keep them informed about the operations of their committee.

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