Owens, Garamendi About to Get Committee Assignments

Posted November 18, 2009 at 5:25pm

The two newest House Democrats — Reps. John Garamendi (Calif.) and Bill Owens (N.Y.) — are about to get their committee assignments.Garamendi is set to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which his predecessor, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D), served, and the Science and Technology Committee. And Owens is in line for seats on the Armed Services Committee, where his Republican predecessor, Rep. John McHugh, served as ranking member, and on the Homeland Security Committee.The Democratic Steering Committee approved the appointments and the Democratic Caucus is expected to sign off at its next meeting, according to a news release from the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Garamendi and Owens were both elected Nov. 3 to replace lawmakers who left for posts in the Obama administration. They were sworn in later that week in time to vote for a massive health care overhaul.