Evans resigns ranking member seat on Veteran's Affairs Committee
Ailing U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Rock Island on Tuesday relinquished his post as ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs due to his inability to return to Washington in the wake of veterans data theft.
Rep. Evans has held the post since January 1997. His spokesman Steve Vetzner said the congressman said he wanted Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to appoint an interim ranking member to lead committee Democrats during investigations into the theft.
In a statement, Rep. Evans said the data theft requires immediate action by the committee. "While I am addressing my health matters, I am unable to return to conduct those specific duties," he said.
Rep. Evans added that he plans to return to work "in the very near future," and in will continue to monitor committee matters from Rock Island. He fell ill on Feb. 14 and has not voted in the House nor held a public schedule since then.