As 2006 came to a close, members of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives returned to Washington, DC to participate in the funeral ceremonies of former President Gerald R. Ford and to prepare for the start of the new 110th Congress. Sworn in on 4 January 2007, the 110th Congress is officially underway under the director of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Within the House, some additional leadership positions have now been filed. Taking charge of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science is Representative Alan Mollohan (D-WV). Representative Norman Dicks (D-WA) will now serve as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.

Also shifting in the House is the name and leadership of the Resources Committee, which is now the Committee on Natural Resources. West Virginia's Nick Rahall II replaces Richard Pombo (R-CA) as chairman of the committee. Pombo was defeated in the November mid-term elections and is no longer a member of Congress.


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