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McClintock earmarked for budget, resources committee posts in 2011

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U.S Rep. Tom McClintock is back on the House Natural Resources Committee and a new appointee to the House Budget Committee. McClintock, R-Roseville, will start his second term on the Natural Resources Committee in the new year, where he served as ranking GOP member on its water and power subcommittee. McClintock said that he’s looking forward to his new appointment to the budget panel, which he said will play a prominent role under Chairman Paul Ryan in bringing federal spending under control. During McClintock’s years in the state Legislature, he introduced hundreds of specific budget reform proposals. “I’m deeply gratified by this appointment,” McClintock said. “The nation’s fiscal crisis is one of the most serious threats our government has ever faced. The opportunity to assist in setting things right is truly the most exciting assignment I have ever had.” McClintock, the Auburn area’s representative in Congress, moves over from the House Education and Labor Committee to the Budget Committee. Bill George, McClintock’s press secretary, said that the chairmanship of the water and power subcommittee is expected to be made within the next two weeks. As ranking member when the GOP was in the minority, McClintock’s re-appointment signals his potential ascension to the chairman’s post. He has said the chairmanship would put him in a position to better advocate for an Auburn dam. – Gus Thomson