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 FortenberryHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill 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 — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event 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 WomackLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Rubio asks White House to delay B Pentagon contract over Amazon concerns   New CBO report fuels fight over minimum wage 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."