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Chalk this one up to paying some dues, and maybe stockpiling some chits: Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, has been named to the House Ethics Committee.

The Ethics Committee pre-approves members' trips and the likes, and also investigates and rules on ethics complaints of their colleagues. It's not a popular committee, because serving on it (provided it's done right) often requires members to slap the wrists or embarass political allies and friends.

For instance, the committee is currently investigating ethics complaints filed against Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax policy, Social Security and the like. No fun getting on his bad side.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose Castor to be one of four Democrats on the bipartisan committee. But Castor, who just started her second term, can't complain too much -- Pelosi also has appointed her the House Steering and Policy Committee, a leadership post that allows her to help choose other committee chairs and chart policy.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:14pm]


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