Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Where The Girls Are Not

Oh, lots of such places. But one of immediate interest is the House/Senate Conference on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Here's the list of the committee members:

Senate Democratic leadership has announced who will be serving on the conference committee to iron out differences in the House and Senate versions of the stimulus bill.

* Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
* Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.
* Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii
* Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
* Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

Both Finance and Appropriations were heavily involved in the creation of the Senate version, with each committee holding markups on their portions.

And for the House:

* Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, D-Wis.
* Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
* Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
* Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Jerry Lewis, R-Calif.
* Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Dave Camp, R-Mich.

Count the girls. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi is involved in some way? I'm not sure. But it's not impossible to think that ten guys might find it easier to negotiate away parts of the stimulus bill which are more important for gals than guys, just because they don't see their importance in the same personal way.

One might argue that these committees will end up all-male because there just aren't enough women in the Congress, and those who are there don't have enough seniority to get to be on such committees. But see how boring stuff about the number of women in politics ends up really, really mattering?
Update: Check out this post on the topic.