The Hill: GOP Leaders For House Energy And Commerce Health Panel NamedThe Hill's Healthwatch blog: Pitts, Burgess Named At Top Of E&C Health Panel
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman-in-waiting of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, announced on Thursday the chairmen and vice-chairmen on his committee. As predicted, abortion-rights foe Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) got the chairmanship of the health subcommittee in a sop to conservatives who bitterly opposed Upton because he has not supported efforts to enact parental notification laws, to defund embryonic stem cell research or oppose "partial-birth" abortion. In addition, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), an obstetrician, will serve as vice-chairman of the subpanel (Pecquet, 12/16). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.