Granger to serve as ranking member of House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerLobbying world House approves bill increasing federal worker pay House approves 3 billion spending package 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 ColeSenate spending talks go off the rails as soon as they begin Social determinants of health — health care isn't just bugs and bacteria Republicans suffer whiplash from Trump's erratic week MORE (R-Okla.), Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHouse advances B agriculture bill Dems advance bill defying Trump State Department cuts Maryland raises legal tobacco purchasing age to 21 MORE (R-Ala.) and Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas Graves5 Republicans who could replace Isakson in Georgia's Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks Democrats see golden opportunity to take Georgia Senate seat 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 LoweyCongress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Overnight Defense: Trump says Taliban talks 'dead' after canceled Camp David meeting | North Korea offers to restart nuke talks this month | Trump denies role in Air Force crew staying at his resort McConnell: Short-term spending bill needed to avoid shutdown 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.