Representative David Obey (D-WI), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, announced on 5 May 2010 that he would not seek re-election to a 22nd term this fall. “I am bone tired,” he said in a statement to the press. “I am, frankly, weary of having to beg on a daily basis that both parties recognize that we do no favor for the country if we neglect to make the long-term investments in education, science, health, and energy that are necessary to modernize our economy and decline to raise the revenue needed to pay for those crucial investments. I do not want to be in a position as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of producing and defending lowest common denominator legislation that is inadequate to that task and, given the mood of the country, that is what I would have to do if I stayed.” Rep. Obey has served as the top ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee since 1994.
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