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— Two new Michigan members of Congress have been recommended to serve on two important House committees.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee voted to support committee assignments for 17 Democratic members of Congress. The full Democratic Caucus will vote on the nominations Wednesday. All are expected to be approved.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, has been recommended to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee, while Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, has been named to the House Small Business Committee.

“The American people deserve a government that works for them on the issues that matter most to working families,”Pelosi said. “When it comes to extending equality of opportunity to all people, these energetic and forward-looking Members of Congress will continue to fight for the values and priorities of the American people. We have full faith that these champions of working people will bring the creativity and bold leadership needed to ensure Congress works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”

The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee will meet in the coming weeks to recommend additional committee assignments.

Members were also named to the Agriculture, Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, Science and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Michigan lost a lot of clout after a series of retirements and change in control of the Senate. In the last Congress, then Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, was chair of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, was chair of the Agriculture Committee, while Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, was chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland was chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

DShepardson@detroitnews.com

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