Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee Friday announced the 12 subcommittee ranking members who will have some influence over federal spending in the new Congress.
Of the 12 subcommittees, eight will have new leadership, while the other four will have the same senators focusing on the same areas as the last Congress.
The new ranking members include Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOnly senator to back Bernie: Dems must unite Emphasis on diversity in Democratic convention lineup Clinton VP pick could face liberal ire MORE
(D-Ore.), who will be on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsSenators ask IRS to issue guidance to help startups Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Overnight Tech: First on The Hill – Key senators team up against robocalls | Social media giants back revenge porn bill | Facebook's diversity numbers MORE
(D-Del.), who moves to Financial Services and General Government; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves MORE
(D-N.H.), who will be on Homeland Security; Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallDemocratic National Convention event calendar The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Senate spending bill takes aim at EPA rules MORE
(D-N.M.), who moves to Interior and the Environment; Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOur children, our future – bridging the partisan divide Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal NBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law MORE
(D-Wash.), who will be on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education; Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who will be on the Legislative Branch; Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterSenate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Bayh jumps into Indiana Senate race Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform MORE
(D-Mont.), who moves to Military Construction and Veterans; and Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedDems to GOP: Admit Trump is 'unfit' to be president Armed Services leaders encouraged after first conference meeting US urges China to be calm in wake of South China Sea ruling MORE
(D-R.I.), who moves to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.
The other subcommittees’ ranking members are Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSyria activists cheer Kaine pick Democratic National Convention event calendar Opioid package clears key Senate hurdle MORE (D-Ill.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinHotel lobby cheers scrutiny on Airbnb GOP platform attempts middle ground on encryption debate Week ahead: Encryption fight poised to heat up MORE (D-Calif.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyNBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law When America denies citizenship to servicemembers Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (D-Vt.) and the full panel’s ranking member, Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiEmphasis on diversity in Democratic convention lineup Senate confirms first black female librarian of Congress Clinton pens tribute to feminist website The Toast MORE (D-Md.).
Mikulski previously chaired the committee when Democrats were in control of the Senate.
Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranWhy a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Capitol locked down for second time in a week This week: Congress eyes the exits in dash to recess MORE (D-Miss.) was officially elected Thursday as the panel’s new chairman. Cochran has not yet announced the “cardinals” for the new Congress — the prized spots on the committee because they’re in charge of how money is spent across the government.
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) remains the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.