WASHINGTON - A group of 32 House and Senate lawmakers are set to meet in early September to begin ironing out differences between bankruptcy overhaul bills each chamber passed independently in March.
The core Judiciary Committee contingent among the 19 House conferees, named Tuesday evening, are panel Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis.; Henry Hyde, R-Ill.; George Gekas, R-Pa.; Lamar Smith, R-Tex.; Steve Chabot, R-Ohio; Bob Barr, R-Ga.; ranking Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers Jr. of Michigan; Rick Boucher, D-Va.; Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; and Melvin Watt, D-N.C.
Appointed to represent limited provisions of the massive overhaul bill specific to the jurisdictions of their committees are House Banking Committee Chairman Michael Oxley, R-Ohio; financial institutions subcommittee Chairman Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.; ranking Financial Services Committee Democrat John LaFalce of New York; Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La.; Joe Barton, R-Tex.; ranking Energy Committee Democrat John Dingell of Michigan; Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. Michael Castle, R-Del; and Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich.