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Djou named to House budget and military panels

Rep, Charles Djou Rep, Charles Djou
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WASHINGTON (HawaiiNewsNow) - US Representative Charles Djou has won seats on House panels that oversee America's budget and military affairs. Hawaii's only Republican member of Congress was named Friday to the House Budget and Armed Services committees.

"As a member of the House Budget Committee, I will work hard to pave the way for a balanced budget and put an end to wasteful government spending. I will also ensure that Hawaii receives the funds it deserves but also that those funds come to us fairly through an open and transparent budget process" said Djou in a statement.

Djou replaces former US Representative Neil Abercrombie on the military panel. Abercrombie, a Democrat, resigned his seat in February to run for Hawaii governor.

"Home to key military bases and stations, thousands of military personnel and various strategic operations, Hawaii also plays a unique and critical role in our national security… America must maintain its strong military and Hawaii must retain its central role in military preparedness."

Djou, who serves as a captain in the Army Reserve, broke ranks with all but four other House Republicans Thursday to support a move towards repealing the US military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Djou defeated Democratic rivals Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa a week ago to win the special election to complete the remainder of Abercrombie's term. He and a Democratic nominee will face off in November for a new term that begins in January.

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