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Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announces on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, that he intends to retire at the end of his term this yea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announces on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, that he intends to retire at the end of his term this yea. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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