Granger to serve as ranking member of House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerGOP, Dems balk at latest Trump foreign aid cuts On The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses House Dems renew push for government contractor back pay MORE (R-Texas) is slated to become the first female ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House GOP steering committee announced Thursday.

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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 LoweyTrolling of Bill Barr shows how language is twisted to politics Barr says Mueller report will be released 'within a week' Live coverage: Barr faces House panel amid questions over Mueller report 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.