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Doolittle takes leave of absence from Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC ” On Thursday, Rep. John T. Doolittle, R-Roseville, announced that he is temporarily stepping down from his position on the House Appropriations Committee. In a letter to House Minority Leader John Boehner, he expressed the following:

“I am writing to request a temporary leave of absence from my seat on the Committee on Appropriations, effective immediately.-I understand how the most recent circumstances may lead some to question my tenure on the Appropriations Committee.-Therefore, I feel it may be in the best interest of the House that I take a temporary leave with seniority from this committee until this matter can be resolved.”

Minority Leader John Boehner also issued a statement:

-“I accept John’s decision and appreciate his willingness to take this step, which is in the best interest of the House and the American people. John recognizes that if we are to succeed in restoring trust between the American people and their elected leaders, this action is necessary, and I commend him for having the courage to do the right thing. This is a difficult time for John and Julie, and my prayers are with them as they cooperate with this process and work to bring it to resolution.”

Rep. Doolittle has served in the House of Representatives since 1991.