Fortenberry named chairman of legislative appropriations subcommittee in House

Fortenberry named chairman of legislative appropriations subcommittee in House
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Rep. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryTrump approves Nebraska disaster declaration Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding 
College professor accused of vandalizing Nebraska GOP lawmaker's campaign signs MORE (R-Neb.) is the new chairman of the legislative branch subcommittee in the House Appropriations Committee.

“Representative Fortenberry is a valued member of the Appropriations Committee and has worked diligently over the years to make certain that each and every tax dollar under our care is used responsibly," Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Top House GOP appropriations staffer moves to lobbying shop Individuals with significant disabilities need hope and action MORE (R-N.J.) said in a statement Monday.

In May, Frelinghuysen announced a reshuffle of the powerful appropriations subcommittee chairs, known as "cardinals," sparked by the retirement of Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report - Government is funded, but for how long? Ex-GOP lawmaker says his party is having a 'Monty Python' moment on shutdown Former GOP lawmaker: Republicans know shutdown is ‘a fight they cannot win’ MORE (R-Pa.), who lead the subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs. At the time, Frelinghuysen named himself legislative branch subcommittee chairman as a placeholder.

The decision to go with Fortenberry skips over Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackGOP rep defends Trump's border emergency declaration Top Republican says Trump's budget sets priorities, includes 'tough decisions' Chances of passing Dem budget are '50-50,' says chairman MORE (R-Ark.), the next GOP appropriator by seniority. Womack is prohibited from serving as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee since he is currently head of the House Budget Committee.

Womack had openly speculated about possibly leaving his perch atop the Budget Committee in favor of becoming an appropriations cardinal, but expressed reservations about leading the legislative branch panel.

“I would prefer anything but leg, which most appropriators would say," Womack said last month. "I mean I don’t think that’s any secret."