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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 AderholtLobbying world The Hill's Coronavirus Report: WHO vs. Trump; Bernie's out Bottom line 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 ColeThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide Bottom line MORE (R-Okla.), who leads the labor subcommittee, which deals with the largest of the nondefense bills.

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

 
For his part, Aderholt referred to himself as "the most senior Republican seeking the position" and sought to draw a contrast to presumed chairwoman, Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTop House Democrats call for watchdog probe into Pompeo's Jerusalem speech With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (D-N.Y.), in a "Dear Colleague" letter.
 
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.