Race for Appropriations ranking member heats up

Race for Appropriations ranking member heats up
© Greg Nash

The race among Republicans for the top minority party slot on the powerful House Appropriations Committee is heating up.

Rep. Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHouse advances B agriculture bill House advances B agriculture bill Dems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts MORE (R-Ala.) on Friday planned to announce that he is running for ranking member of the committee, which governs federal spending. Adherholt currently chairs the Appropriations Committee's agriculture subcommittee in the outgoing Congress.

He will face tough competition from Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeEx-GOP lawmaker says Trump 'illegitimate president,' should be impeached Ex-GOP lawmaker pens op-ed calling for Trump to be impeached House panel approves language revoking 2001 war authority as Iran tensions spike MORE (R-Okla.), who leads the labor subcommittee, which deals with the largest of the nondefense bills.

Cole circulated a video to colleagues touting his success in getting the labor bill out of committee and working across the aisle. 

On Thursday, Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesBipartisan bill would enable companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks Bipartisan bill would enable companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties MORE (R-Ga.), who chairs the financial services subcommittee, threw his hat into the ring, promising "to fight Democrats every step of the way" and "punching the 'No' button a lot." 
 
 
He also promised a close relationship with the White House: "When Leadership sees an opening to achieve a goal with the White House, I will be the Committee's voice to advance that."
 
The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for approving all discretionary spending, roughly $1.4 trillion divided into defense and nondefense categories.