The Big Conversation:
So much for Texas Republicans losing their clout in Congress next year.
House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday announced, as expected, that U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Lamar Smith of San Antonio had been selected to chair the House Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology committees, respectively. The full House Republican caucus will vote on the chairmanships today.
But hand-wringing — aired publicly before the election — over other Texans like Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas losing out on plum GOP appointments appears to have been unwarranted.
For one, Boehner on Tuesday confirmed that Sessions ...