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GOP Poised to Oust Murkowski from Energy Panel Post

(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans will vote Wednesday on whether to remove Lisa Murkowski as the top GOP senator on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The vote comes in the wake of Murkowski's decision to run as a write-in candidate in Alaska after losing her primary fight to tea party-backed Joe Miller. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, said Tuesday, “There’s…an issue as to whether or not it’s appropriate for her, under the circumstances, to continue as ranking member on the Energy Committee.”  Murkowski has already given up her leadership position as vice-chair of the Senate Republican Conference. McConnell said the conference will also vote on a replacement for that post. Murkowski was not present at Tuesday's Senate vote on an annual defense bill that included a repeal of the military’s controversial don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

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