Three Republicans join House Appropriations Committee

Three new Republicans on Wednesday were named to the powerful House Appropriations Committee ahead of work on a possible omnibus spending package for fiscal 2014. 
 
Reps. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiMcCarthy faces obstacles in Speaker bid Ryan challenger raised more than M last quarter Juan Williams: GOP fears anti-Trump wave MORE (Nev.), Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyPath to Dem majority lies in well-educated districts Five lawmakers facing tough primary races Trump meeting leaders of video game industry MORE (Ala), and Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartGOP rep: Probably time for more regulation on Facebook GOP rep: We’re going to show the CIA ‘got it wrong’ on Russia trying to help Trump Utah GOP wrestles with party purity MORE (Utah) were given their new assignments by the Republican steering committee. The appointments bring to 29 the number of Republicans serving under Chairman Hal RogersHarold (Hal) Dallas RogersSadly, fiscal restraint is no longer a core principle of the GOP House passes school safety bill amid gun protests House retirement sets off scramble for coveted chairmanship MORE (R-Ky.), and the move could increase his say over how a final budget deal for 2014 turns out. 
 
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Appropriators are generally united in wanting sequester cuts shifted to entitlement cuts and could oppose any budget deal that leaves all the sequester cuts in place. 
 
“These dedicated public servants have proven their commitment to the responsible shepherding of federal tax dollars, to the regular Appropriations process, and to both the people of their districts and the American people as a whole," Rogers said in a statement.
 
The three vacancies were caused by the sudden death of Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and retirements of Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.).