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Hastings Snags Young's Committee Seat

Washington state Rep. Doc Hastings will replace Don Young as the top Republican on the Resources panel after party leaders ousted the scandal-plagued Alaskan earlier this week.

As expected, members of the Republican Steering Committee voted to grant Hastings the top minority post on the Committee on National Resources Thursday, one day after voting to strip Young of his title.

Republicans have viewed Young as a political liability since he was first ensnared in the wide-ranging federal corruption investigation back home in Alaska that recently toppled Sen. Ted Stevens. The imperative to replace him has only increased since Republicans started to press Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to address the many ethics questions swirling around Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Hastings, a former chairman of the ethics committee, is close with Republican Leader John A. Boehner. Hastings has recently been on leave from the committee.

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