03/28/2008 02:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Reform Initiative...DeLay Given Seat On Subcommittee Overseeing Justice Dept.'s Handling Of Abramoff Investigation...

Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.

DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers. The subcommittee also has responsibility over
NASA -- a top priority for DeLay, since the Johnson Space Center is located in his Houston-area district.

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