Senator Joe Lieberman, whose support of Republican candidate John McCain raised the ire of Senate Democrats, was allowed to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He was, however, ousted from the less showy Environment and Public Works Committee, a move the NY Times characterized as a "a slap on the wrist compared with the prospect of losing the homeland security leadership post." While many Democrats wanted to strip Lieberman of both committees, President-elect (and Senator!) Obama said he wanted Lieberman to remain in the Democratic caucus (Lieberman is an independent who caucuses with the Dems). After the Democratic caucus voted, Lieberman said of his anti-Obama comments, "There are some that I made that I wish I had not made at all."
Senator Lieberman Remains Homeland Security Committee Chair
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