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DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair

DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair
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Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroCapitol Police chief apologizes, admits to department's failures in riot House Republicans vow not to support spending bills that repeal Hyde Amendment Democrats eye bill providing permanent benefits of at least K per child MORE (D-Conn.) is on track to become the next House Appropriations Committee chairwoman after securing the recommendation of an influential panel of her colleagues on Tuesday.

The House Democratic Steering Committee, which makes recommendations for members' committee slots, also made a decision on two other contested House committee gavels: Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksBiden urged to reverse Pompeo-Trump move on Houthis House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots MORE (D-N.Y.) for Foreign Affairs and Rep. David ScottDavid Albert ScottOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair MORE (D-Ga.) for Agriculture. Both Meeks and Scott would be the first Black people to chair their respective committees.

The full House Democratic Caucus will vote Thursday on the Steering Committee's recommendations, which are usually ratified. House Democrats will also vote Thursday to select a new chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to lead the party's 2022 midterm election efforts.

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The Steering Committee voted handily in DeLauro's favor over fellow Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzHouse Democrats unveil resolution to censure Rep. Mo Brooks over Capitol riots Democrats poised to impeach Trump again House Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel MORE (Fla.) and Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturHouse Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair DeLauro racks up labor endorsements for Appropriations gavel MORE (Ohio) in the three-way race. DeLauro won 36 votes over Wasserman Schultz's 11 and Kaptur's six, according to aides.

DeLauro would replace retiring Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency This week: Trump's grip on Hill allies faces test Trump signs .3T relief, spending package MORE (D-N.Y.), who last year became the first woman to chair the powerful panel responsible for funding the federal government.

Lowey has served as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee since 2013.

She has served in the House since 1991 and prevailed in the race to replace Lowey even though she ranks lower than Kaptur in seniority on the Appropriations Committee.

Meeks won the recommendation for the Foreign Affairs gavel with 29 votes, prevailing over Reps. Brad ShermanBradley (Brad) James ShermanTributes pour in for Kobe Bryant on one-year anniversary of death Bottom line 150 House Democrats support Biden push to reenter Iran nuclear deal MORE (D-Calif.) and Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (D-Texas), the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who won 10 and 13 votes, respectively.

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Scott, meanwhile, won the recommendation for the Agriculture gavel with 32 votes, while his only rival for the post, Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair MORE (D-Calif.), won 19 votes. Scott ranks the highest in seniority on the Agriculture Committee after the outgoing chairman, Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel MORE (D-Minn.), who lost reelection last month in a competitive swing district.

The current House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelState Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment 2020: A year in photos MORE (D-N.Y.), lost his primary over the summer to Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.).

Four other Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members chair House committees, meaning that the powerful bloc will have six members holding chairmanships in the next Congress assuming House Democrats ratify Meeks's and Scott's recommendations.

The other four CBC members atop House committees are Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMarjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats Bottom line Capitol Police report warned that Congress could be targeted three days before riot MORE (D-Calif.) at Financial Services; Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDemocrats reintroduce minimum wage bill DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair National reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge MORE (D-Va.) at Education and Labor; Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonHouse Democrat says the COVID-19 vaccination distribution is 'not an issue that should be tainted with politics' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden seeks vaccine for all by summer; Trump censure? Overnight Health Care: Biden takes steps to boost number of vaccine doses sent to states | CDC researchers find 'little evidence' of major school outbreaks, with precautions | Eli Lilly says antibody combo significantly cuts COVID-19 death risk MORE (D-Texas) at Science, Space and Technology; and Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? New coalition aims to combat growing wave of ransomware attacks Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down MORE (D-Miss.) at Homeland Security.

Scott Wong contributed.