Granger to serve as ranking member of House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerCongressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight with wall-free spending bill MORE (R-Texas) is slated to become the first female ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House GOP steering committee announced Thursday.

Granger edged out Reps. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeEx-GOP lawmaker says Trump 'illegitimate president,' should be impeached Ex-GOP lawmaker pens op-ed calling for Trump to be impeached House panel approves language revoking 2001 war authority as Iran tensions spike MORE (R-Okla.), Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHouse advances B agriculture bill House advances B agriculture bill Dems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts MORE (R-Ala.) and Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesBipartisan bill would enable companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks Bipartisan bill would enable companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties MORE (R-Ga.) in the hotly contested race for the position.

The Texas Republican currently serves as the chairwoman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

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It will be the first time the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for approving government funding, is led by two women as Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyCongressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill as Senate lags MORE (D-N.Y.) is slated to serve as chairwoman of the powerful committee in the 116th Congress.

The steering committee’s choices for ranking members are expected to be ratified by the conference in coming days.

"It is an enormous honor to be able to serve as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee.  I appreciate the vote of confidence from the Steering Committee and all of the help and support I’ve received from so many Members," she said in a statement. 

"The hard work to reform the committee begins today.  I am looking forward to fighting for conservative values and holding the Democrats accountable in the 116th Congress.”

-- Updated at 4:25 p.m.