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The GOP Steering Committee voted for chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee tonight, and the bad new is pro-abort Fred Upton won.  The good news is Upton promptly appointed Joe Pitts as the Health Subcommittee chairman.

Upton has been as liberal as they come on the life issue, but he is saying all the right things now. Perhaps he has had a change of heart. Or perhaps he read the conservative political tea leaves around him in the House and in his home state of Michigan. Whatever, according to Politico:

“I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy and the entire republican conference as we repeal Obamacare….” Upton said in a statement.

Upton has already made his first major choice - picking Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) as chairman of the Health Subcommittee. “Together, we will protect the sanctity of life, ensuring early next Congress that no federal funds are used for abortion,” Upton said in a statement.

I’m also hopeful that since Speaker-elect Boehner went out on a limb for Upton - ignoring many conservative heavyweights, like Limbaugh and Beck - he will ensure Upton does not stray off the reservation on the life issue. According to Politico:

The MI Republican won the steering panel nod with critical support from Rep. John Boehner and a collection of senior and rank-and-file GOP lawmakers closely allied with the incoming House speaker.

Pro-life warhorse Congressman Pitts wrote in a statement:

We need to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better.  We need to protect human life from the unborn to the elderly….

We still await National Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List’s 2nd “demand” were Upton elected E&C Committee chairman: that all open Republican spots on the committee be filled with pro-lifers.

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