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Hastings Defends Grab for Energy Portfolio Against Critics

Hastings told reporters Thursday that he had spoken to Boehner and other leaders about the merits of shifting the energy portfolio to his jurisdiction, saying Members on the Energy and Commerce Committee have a lot on their plate with health care and some other things.

Im going to work as hard as I can, and I hope well be successful in shifting energy responsibilities, he said.

Proposals for changing committee jurisdictions must be accepted by the Republican Steering Committee and ratified by the House Republican Conference when it meets to decide its rules in the coming weeks.

Ive had conversations with the leaders, [but] at the end of the day, the Conference will be the ones that make this decision because they have to ratify that, Hastings said. But listen, right now Im just simply in a mode of trying to make my case as best I can.

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