Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to a candidate struggling to raise money and his profile.

Walker, reading a statement in the Wisconsin capital of Madison, decried the negative tone of the Republican campaign in remarks seemingly directed at New York billionaire Donald Trump.

He called on some of his rivals for the Republican nomination to join him in exiting the race to give voters a chance to rally around a front-runner that can win the November 2016 presidential election.

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WASHINGTON — The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Republican John Mica of Florida, has named subcommittee chairs.

Following are the chairs of the three subcommittees dealing with air, bus and rail issues:

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) chairman
Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) vice chairman

Subcommittee on Railroads

Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) chairman
Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) vice chairman

Subcommittee on Aviation

Thomas Petri (R-Wisc.) chairman
Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) vice chairman

WASHINGTON — Republicans have finalized appointments to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which will be chaired in the upcoming Congress by John Mica (R-Fla.).

Members include Minnesota’s Chip Cravaack, who defeated Democrat Jim Oberstar in the November congressional elections. Oberstar has served as chairman of the T&I Committee under Democratic control that expires at year-end.

Most transportation legislation affecting aviation, bus and rail originates in this committee.

The Republican members (excluding subcommittee chairpersons, yet to be named) are:
Lou Barletta (Pa.)
Larry Bucshon (Ind.)
Shelley Capito (W.Va.)
Howard Coble (N.C.)
Chip Cravaack (Minn.)

Rick Crawford (Ark.)
Jeff  Denham (Calif.)
John Duncan (Tenn.)
Blake Farenthold (Texas)
Stephen Fincher (Tenn.)

Bob Gibbs (Ohio)
Sam Graves (Mo.)
Frank Guinta (N.H.)
Richard Hanna (N.Y.)
Andy Harris (Md.)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.)
Randy Hultgren (Ill.)
Tim Johnson (Ill.)
Jeff Landry (La.)
James Lankford (Okla.)

Frank LoBiondo (N.J.)
Billy Long (Mo.)
Pat Meehan (Pa.)
Candice Miller (Mich.)
Gary Miller (Calif.)

Tom Petri (Wis.)
Tom Reed (N.Y.)
Jean Schmidt (Ohio)
Bill Shuster (Pa.)
Steve Southerland (Fla.) 

Don Young (Alaska)

WASHINGTON – President Obama has nominated Republican Thomas M. Beck, an attorney, to succeed Republican Elizabeth Dougherty on the three-member National Mediation Board.

The nomination requires Senate confirmation, and a confirmation hearing before the Senate Labor Committee has yet to be scheduled.

Since October 2, Beck has been serving as a Senate-confirmed member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) for a term that expired July 1. The FLRA administers labor-management relations for non-Postal Service federal employees.

As with the NMB, members of the FLRA may continue serving until a successor has been confirmed by the Senate. Dougherty’s term at the NMB expired June 30.

Previously, Beck was a partner in the law firm of Jones Day, practicing labor and employment law. He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. Beck also is a part-time professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he teaches courses on legislation and public policy.

The other two members of the NMB are Democrats – Chairman Harry Hoglander, who is serving his third term on the NMB, and Linda Puchala, who was confirmed to her first term on the NMB in May 2009.