The Price of a Chairmanship

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Jerry Lewis, a 16-term veteran of Congress from Redlands, is in line to get back his job as chair of the Appropriations Committee. It presides over all federal spending, and the 76-year-old Republican has promised big cuts, even for California. But the last time Lewis chaired that committee, when Republicans were in charge a few years ago, he was investigated by the FBI, and the conservative watch-dog group Judicial Watch still calls him one of Washington's "10 Most Wanted Politicians."




Warren Olney


Sonya Geis, Andrea Brody