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 AderholtBottom Line Lobbying World House advances B agriculture bill 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 ColeTrump's best week ever? McCarthy raises over million in Q4 for House GOP GOP leader warns lawmakers on fundraising: 'Getting our ass kicked' 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. 

On Thursday, Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesThe Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Republican Tom Graves announces retirement from House Lawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms 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.