Robert Byrd steps down as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Byrd had previously proved an impediment to Clinton’s attempt at health care reform in the early 1990s, though it’s unclear this would have any effect now. The linked story mentions that according to Byrd, Daniel Inouye, currently persona non gratta for his support of Ted Steven’s reelection campaign and general friend of the Defense industry, is in line for the chairmanship.


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