WASHINGTON Democrats on Wednesday appointed the three remaining members to the new House Financial Services Committee.
Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee and Rep. Ruben E. Hinojosa of Texas, who are both in their third term, and second-term Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York joined the banking panel. The three filled the slots left vacant by the late Rep. Bruce Vento of Minnesota; Rep. Bob Weygand of Rhode Island, who gave up his House seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate; and Rep. Michael Forbes, who was defeated in the New York primary.
All the other Democrats returned from last sessions House Banking Committee, which was renamed and expanded to include the financial services jurisdiction of the old Commerce Committee. Observers had expected Democrats to name some members from the Commerce Committee to the new panel, but the latest announcement ruled that out.