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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Pelosi blocks Jefferson's return to House Ways and Means Committee
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, moved Tuesday to keep Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, off the House Ways and Means Committee.

Jefferson, who won a runoff re-election Saturday despite facing allegations of bribery, had indicated he hoped to regain his seat on the powerful committee.

Pelosi led the charge last spring to remove Jefferson from the post after Justice Department officials discovered $90,000 in his Capitol Hill freezer.

A Democratic aide told CNN Monday that Pelosi will not allow Jefferson to return to the committee until he has been cleared of all bribery charges

Related: Jefferson seeks return to House Ways and Means Committee

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