March 4, 2010 |
Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who has been dogged by ethics questions, temporarily stepped down from the powerful post Wednesday, shaking up the panel at a crucial time for his party. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont), one of the most liberal and outspoken members of the House, is expected to take over the influential committee, which writes tax legislation and has sweeping power over any measure that affects revenue. The ascension of Stark, a congressman since the Nixon presidency and dean of the California congressional delegation, "should energize the committee," said Rick Weissenstein, a healthcare analyst with Washington Research Group, a policy and market research firm.
March 4, 2010 |
In an untraditional twist, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will replace Rep. Charles Rangel as acting chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee rather than Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont). Because of seniority, Stark had been in line to take the job and, as of Wednesday evening, House Democrats indicated that it was his, at least on an interim basis. But Stark's politics -- he's an unapologetic liberal -- and his volatility, with a history of making controversial and provocative statements, concerned other members of the committee as well as the Democratic leadership.
October 26, 2009 |
Pete Stark is sitting in a gilded meeting room in the House of Representatives. It is home to the powerful Ways and Means Committee that the Northern California Democrat might never chair, precisely because of the sort of verbal exchange he is attempting to explain at the moment: "He said to me, 'Don't pee on my leg.' And in a sense I said, 'I won't.' " Stark, nearly 78, is dissecting the latest in a hit parade of outbursts, this one pertaining to the likelihood of California's longest-serving congressman relieving himself on a constituent.
March 20, 2009 |
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont), dean of the California congressional delegation, has claimed his Maryland home as his principal residence to qualify for a $3,770 tax break, even though it is thousands of miles from the Northern California district he represents -- and where he is registered to vote. A senior member of the House's tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Stark said he was unaware that he might not be eligible for the tax break.
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January 5, 2009 |
As he ran for the White House, John F. Kennedy assured skeptical Americans that he was "not the Catholic candidate for president," but rather a "candidate for president who happens also to be Catholic." In 1961, the year he took office, Catholics accounted for 18.8% of Congress. On Tuesday, when the 111th Congress is sworn in, about 30% of its membership will be Catholic, according to a recent analysis by Congressional Quarterly and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
October 28, 2007 |
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont) got into trouble this month when he said on the House floor that Republicans were sending troops to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." He later apologized, but it wasn't the first time that his words came back to haunt him. Here's a sampling of his verbal fireworks. -- Swati Pandey -- Blunder: Responding in July 2003 to then-Colorado GOP Rep.