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 AderholtAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Barr forms team to probe FBI actions in Russia investigation: report The single-sentence Russia bombshell that Attorney General Barr delivered to Congress 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 ColeLawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Dems shift strategy for securing gun violence research funds 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. 

 
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 LoweyTrolling of Bill Barr shows how language is twisted to politics Barr says Mueller report will be released 'within a week' Live coverage: Barr faces House panel amid questions over Mueller report 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.