Rep. Hal Rogers wins chairmanship of powerful Appropriations Committee

The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) to be chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

The panel of GOP lawmakers chose Rogers late Tuesday afternoon over current ranking member Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.)

Lewis, who served for three terms as the top-ranking GOP on Appropriations, had been seeking a waiver of GOP term-limit rules to continue as the top ranking Republican on the panel.

Under House GOP internal rules, a member may only serve for six years as the top-ranking lawmaker on a committee.

The full House GOP Conference is set to vote to ratify the slate of committee chairman recommendations at a private meeting on Wednesday morning.

Rogers is the third in seniority on the panel while Kingston ranks fifth in seniority.

Each candidate in the race endorsed extending the GOP's moratorium on earmarks in the next Congress.

Kingston was seen as the Tea Party's favored candidate in the race. But Speaker-designate John Boehner's (R-Ohio) backing of anti-earmark crusader Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) bid on Monday to sit on the spending committee was a tacit move to appease conservative groups who want to cut government spending.

One such group, the Club for Growth, endorsed Kingston for the Appropriations gavel.


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