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bring in the names of proposed chairmen for the full committees,
normally just redesignating those who had been chairmen before,
and under our reorganization legislation, which we had enacted
maybe four years before in '69, the chairmen of full committees --
their names would be submitted formally by Ways and Means Committee,
which had the jurisdiction taken away from it and given
to the Steering Committee, and there'd be a secret vote on
each name or actually maybe on all the names together -- I just
can't remember what the original proposal was, I think even at
the very beginning we voted separately on each name.
So at the Steering Committee there was an enormous surprise,
because the Steering Committee brought in three new committee chairmen
deposing three of the old ones. Maybe it was even four of them.
The four were: Hebert from Armed Services; Poague from
Agriculture, Patman from Bank and Currency, and Hays from
House Administration -- to get rid of them.
So I was surprised and approved of the three that I've named
but didn't approve of Wayne Hays being deposed because I thought
he was a good chairman, and I did not think the other three were
good chairmen. And I'm not talking about their philosophy,
because I don't think that you depose a chairman because his
philosophy doesn't happen to correspond with yours, because
generally the conservatives are going to be in control more
than the liberals; an if it becomes a question of just chopping
the heads off when the political philosophy changes, then the
liberals will suffer more than the conservatives. The question
becomes: had he served well as a chairman? Okay.
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