House Democrats are tossing out two veteran committee chairmen in a move that reflects restlessness over an embarrassing year on Capitol Hill and a trying election season for incumbents.

Wednesday's votes that ousted Rep. Glenn Anderson of California as chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee and Rep. Frank Annunzio of Illinois from the Committee on House Administration were seen as a warning to the chamber's leaders to improve performance and efficiency."Neither of them saw it coming. It was a tidal wave," said Rep. Mary Rose Oakar, D-Ohio.

"The House is in a position where some shaking up is a necessary thing to do," said Rep. Dan Glickman, D-Kan. "It's not a mutiny. But the status quo cannot prevail. There's a healthy questioning going on right now and a few chairmen are getting the boot because of it."