Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was stripped of his powerful House Ways & Means Committee seat on a voice vote Friday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) headed the effort to unseat her fellow Democratic colleague. Pelosi has been waging an election war with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) against Republicans alleging a "culture of corruption." The campaign has been hampered by an investigation of Jefferson that has resulted in the conviction of two people who have pled guilty to bribery-related charges involving the U.S. representative, the videotaping of Jefferson accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an executive in an F.B.I. bribery sting operation, and the subsequent discovery of $90,000 (purportedly with matching serial numbers) in Jefferson's freezer at his home in New Orleans.