Rep. James Greenwood (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations, has announced he will withdraw his candidacy for re-election and instead take a job as president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, which lobbies on behalf of biotech firms. Greenwood, 53, said in a statement that "after 24 years as a generalist, I now wish to begin a new chapter in my life in which I can become a specialist in a dramatically exciting and revolutionary field." The oversight and investigation subcommittee's inquiry into hospital billing and collection practices will move forward, according to a committee spokesman. Subcommittee staff members are continuing their examination of issues raised in a June 24 hearing on the matter, and "decisions about how to proceed will be made as appropriate," the spokesman said. Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) will serve as acting chair of the subcommittee until the end of the year. -- by Jeff Tieman
Congressman handling billing inquiry quits
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