SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah U-S Representative Rob Bishop has gotten an unexpected spot on an influential congressional committee.
Bishop has been hand-picked by the House speaker to fill one of three vacancies on the House Rules Committee.
The Utah politician says the appointment is -- QUOTE -- "Kind of cool."
The Rules Committee is the body who sets parameters on debate and amendments for bills headed to the House floor.
It can prevent changes on a bill altogether, or even allow specific attempts to amend the legislation.
Still, the new assignment comes with a price. It means Bishop will have to leave his previous three committees. That includes the Armed Services Committee, where he had been working to protect the state's military installations from closure.
However, Bishop says he's confident he can still fight for Utah's interests in his new capacity.
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