Dems control of House may put Westchester lawmakers in the spotlight

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The Democrats' new majority in the House may mean new titles for two local members of Congress.

Rep. Nita Lowey could be just weeks away from becoming one of the most powerful women in Congress. After winning her 16th term Tuesday night in the soon-to-be Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, the 81-year-old liberal Democrat from the 17th Congressional District is likely to become chairwoman of the influential Appropriations Committee.

That committee regulates government spending. Rep. Lowey has already started making her bipartisan list of priorities, which includes infrastructure, education and the environment.

"I would hope the president of the United States understands that he has an important responsibility to work with Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan way to serve the people," she told News 12.

Rep. Eliot Engel, who represents the southern part of Westchester County, could be elected the newest chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

"When it comes to foreign policy, I think that politics should stop at the water's edge," Engel told News 12.

Engel won his third term in the House. and is confident that as chair he can work together with the current administration on issues like immigration.

"I think we are going to be much more inclined to say what we think should be done with our checks and balances and what our forefathers envisioned for our Constitution and Democracy," he says.

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