AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Those are the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which authorizes the federal government’s major student aid programs; the Workforce Investment Act, which funds many job-training and development programs; and a GOP-backed reform of the pension system. “We don’t have to be creative; we just have to get the stuff finished,” McKeon said. “I think there’s a feeling people want to get this stuff done now.” McKeon said he expects his new position might not allow him to return to his congressional district as often, but vowed to keep local issues a top priority. “Probably what it means is I’ll be able to do more for the district. They just won’t see my handsome face as much,” he joked. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 WASHINGTON – A key group of Republican leaders tapped Howard P. “Buck” McKeon on Wednesday to chair the House Education and Workforce Committee, putting the Santa Clarita Republican and former school board member a step closer to the top slot. The full House Republican Conference will take a final vote next week. McKeon has broad support among Republicans and is expected to win overwhelmingly. “Buck has the background needed for the committee,” Speaker Dennis Hastert said in a statement. “He knows the issues, he has shown a real capacity for hearing all sides of an argument and he finds solutions to the changes that the committee faces.” McKeon, who represents parts of the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando valleys, said he was honored by the GOP Steering Committee’s decision. He identified three bills he will seek to pass into law as soon as he claims the chairmanship. All are pending bills that have run into stumbling blocks in either the House or Senate. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!