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Pelosi Sends Letter to Speaker Boehner Calling for Fair Committee Ratios in 114th Congress

Nov 12, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote to Speaker Boehner today urging him to provide fair committee ratios in the 114th Congress. 

As Leader Pelosi wrote, “For the new Congress, House Democrats should have approximately 189 seats not including the delegates who serve on committees.  Specifically, we are asking that the minority party receive a similar number of committee slots – especially on Appropriations, Energy & Commerce, Financial Services, Transportation, and Ways & Means – as we provided to the Republican minority in the 111th Congress, when your party had 178 seats.”

“We are only asking that you treat us in similar manner as the smaller Republican minority was treated in regard to our membership on committees.  By doing so, it would send a strong signal at the beginning of the new Congress that Republicans and Democrats are prepared to work better together to advance the interests of our great country.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

 

November 12, 2014

 

The Honorable John A. Boehner

Speaker of the House

H-232, U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC  20515

Dear Speaker Boehner:

Congratulations on your anticipated re-election by the Republican Conference to continue your leadership as Speaker of the House.  I wish you success and offer my fullest cooperation as we work together on behalf of the American people. 

On behalf of the House Democrats and in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, I am writing to ask that Democratic members be treated fairly in regards to membership on standing committees. 

For the new Congress, House Democrats should have approximately 189 seats not including the delegates who serve on committees.  Specifically, we are asking that the minority party receive a similar number of committee slots – especially on Appropriations, Energy & Commerce, Financial Services, Transportation, and Ways & Means – as we provided to the Republican minority in the 111th Congress, when your party had 178 seats. 

In 2009 as Speaker, I ensured that additional seats were provided to the Republican minority at your request.  Enclosed is a chart that shows how many more key committee seats were provided to the 178 seat Republican minority than is currently being provided to the 201 seat Democratic minority. 

We are only asking that you treat us in similar manner as the smaller Republican minority was treated in regard to our membership on committees.  By doing so, it would send a strong signal at the beginning of the new Congress that Republicans and Democrats are prepared to work better together to advance the interests of our great country.

Thank you for your leadership and your attention to this important issue. 

best regards,

 

 

NANCY PELOSI

 

 

                     Minority Membership on Key Standing Committees

                 U.S. House of Representatives

 

                 The 114th Congress (2015-2016)

               189 Democratic minority

 

 

113th Congress (2013-2014)                          111th Congress (2009-2010)   

Republican Congress                                     Democratic Congress

201 Democratic minority                             178 Republican minority

 

Appropriations                        22                    Appropriations                        23

 

Energy & Commerce 24                                 Energy & Commerce              23

 

Financial Services                   28                    Financial Services                   29

 

Transportation                        27                    Transportation                        30

 

Ways & Means                        16                    Ways & Means                        15

 

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