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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 FortenberryMcMorris Rodgers floats vacating Speaker's chair over Democrat's in-person vote after COVID diagnosis Jane Goodall joins lawmakers in calling for rethinking conservation and national interests OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten key air pollution standards | Despite risks to polar bears, Trump pushes ahead with oil exploration in Arctic | Biden to champion climate action in 2021 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 FrelinghuysenBottom line Republican lobbying firms riding high despite uncertainty of 2020 race Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm 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 Dent22 retired GOP members of Congress call for Trump's impeachment Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 The magnificent moderation of Susan Collins 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.

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The decision to go with Fortenberry skips over Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackTrust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Pelosi announces lawmakers will be fined ,000 if they bypass metal detectors to House floor Cori Bush slams lawmakers who refused to go through metal detector outside House chamber 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."