Shelby approved as Appropriations panel chairman

Shelby approved as Appropriations panel chairman
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Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Senate panel advances three spending bills Trump threatens to shut down government over full border wall funding: report MORE (R-Ala.) was cleared Tuesday to be the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to an announcement from his office.

Shelby, the senior Republican on the committee in charge of federal spending, was approved to be the Appropriations chairman by his GOP colleagues. His ascension to the chairmanship was near certain following the retirement of the previous chairman, Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTodd Young in talks about chairing Senate GOP campaign arm US farming cannot afford to continue to fall behind Mississippi Democrat drops Senate bid MORE (R-Miss.), this month.

Shelby, in his sixth Senate term, said leading the committee “is a remarkable opportunity” and that he’s “honored to serve our nation in this new capacity.” He will serve beside Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (D-Vt.), the Appropriations Committee vice chairman.

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“I look forward to working with vice chairman Leahy and the entire committee as we continue the practice of writing and approving bills that responsibly allocate funding for the activities and duties of the federal government,” Shelby said.

Shelby will lead perhaps the most powerful Senate committee and wield substantial influence over government funding legislation, though a significant portion of the panel’s most pressing work for 2018 has been completed.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE signed a bill last month to continue federal funding through September, which will likely be extended through the end of this session of Congress. Cochran retired from Congress shortly after the bill was signed. 

Shelby will likely remain the panel’s chairman following the midterm elections, assuming Republicans maintain control of the Senate. He has previously served as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.