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 AderholtDems accused of MeToo hypocrisy in Virginia Granger to serve as ranking member of House Appropriations Committee Earmarks look to be making a comeback 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 ColeGOP dismisses polls showing losing battle on shutdown Bottom Line Dems hit GOP on health care with additional ObamaCare lawsuit vote 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 GravesHouse passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Lawmakers introduce bill to fund government, prevent shutdown The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks 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.