House approps members back Moran as Interior-EPA panel chairman

The House Appropriations Committee today voted to install Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) as the new chairman of the subcommittee that controls Interior Department and EPA spending.

Moran replaces Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) at the helm of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

The committee approved Dicks as chairman of the Defense Subcommittee to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who passed away last month. The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the full Democratic caucus must still approve the new chairmen.

The change will put Moran in an interesting spot as an easterner overseeing Interior’s budget, as we noted here.