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Confirming Cox

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to consider the nomination of Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

[IMGCAP(1)]Cox’s nomination will be considered along with the nominations of two SEC commissioners chosen by Democrats, Roel Campos and Annette Nazareth.

Once Cox has been confirmed by the full Senate, he will resign from the House, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) will have two weeks to schedule a special primary to pick a new Representative in the 50th district.

In the meantime, the GOP Steering Committee is expected to convene sometime in September to fill Cox’s post as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

Mr. Postman. More than 40 years after he left office, the first Indian-American Congressman, Dalip Singh Saund (D-Calif.), will be memorialized with a post office.

On Thursday, President Bush signed legislation stipulating that a post office in Temecula, Calif., be rechristened the “Dalip Singh Saund Post Office Building.” The bill was first introduced in the 108th Congress.

Saund, an Indian immigrant who left office in 1962 after serving three terms, was first elected to the House in 1956. He was earlier a key figure in helping Indian Americans secure citizenship rights.

“Dalip Singh Saund’s legacy was one of achievement. He set goals, overcame obstacles to succeed in business, and later dedicated himself to serving the people of Riverside and Imperial Counties,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a statement. “Congressman Saund is a great American success story,” added Issa, who introduced the bill in the House.

Another resolution, expressing the sense of the House that a portrait of the late Congressman be displayed in Congress, was reintroduced in January by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in February introduced a concurrent resolution that would honor the late Congressman’s achievements.

— Ben Pershing and Bree Hocking

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