DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair

DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair
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Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street 110 House Democrats endorse boost to staff pay NRCC chairman, Texas lawmakers among top earmark requesters 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 MeeksFresh hurdles push timeline on getting China bill to Biden White House pressed on evacuating Afghan allies as time runs out Meeks introduces legislation to boost American diplomacy to counter China MORE (D-N.Y.) for Foreign Affairs and Rep. David ScottDavid Albert ScottBiden faces challenge with Democrats on infrastructure package Civil rights lawyer announces bid for Texas attorney general Lawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' 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.


The Steering Committee voted handily in DeLauro's favor over fellow Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Theatres are a vital educational, creative and economic resource to communities MORE (Fla.) and Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturPelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez Democrats demand Biden administration reopen probe into Tamir Rice's death 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 LoweyLobbying world Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Biden needs to tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs 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 ShermanOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats Lawmakers tout bipartisan support for resolution criticizing Iran's government Biden funding decision inflames debate over textbooks for Palestinian refugees MORE (D-Calif.) and Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTexas walkout sets up epic battle over voting rights Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department USAID 'redirects' El Salvador funds from government to civil society MORE (D-Texas), the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who won 10 and 13 votes, respectively.


Scott, meanwhile, won the recommendation for the Agriculture gavel with 32 votes, while his only rival for the post, Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaBiden waiving sanctions for Nord Stream 2 pipeline firm: report On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms MORE (D-Calif.), won 19 votes. Scott ranks the highest in seniority on the Agriculture Committee after the outgoing chairman, Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark Peterson Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Six ways to visualize a divided America On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 MORE (D-Minn.), who lost reelection last month in a competitive swing district.

The current House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department Lawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress 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 WatersThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Tulsa marks race massacre centennial as US grapples with racial injustice Fauci may have unwittingly made himself a key witness for Trump in 'China Flu' hate-speech case MORE (D-Calif.) at Financial Services; Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottVirginia attorney general survives primary challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive MORE (D-Va.) at Education and Labor; Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonCongress and DOT should ensure a data-driven transportation infrastructure A path forward for the future of American science and technology Senate passes long-delayed China bill MORE (D-Texas) at Science, Space and Technology; and Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonLobbying world Hillicon Valley: Biden gives TikTok and WeChat a reprieve | Colonial Pipeline CEO addresses Congress again | Thomson Reuters shareholders want review of ICE ties Colonial Pipeline may use recovered ransomware attack funds to boost cybersecurity MORE (D-Miss.) at Homeland Security.

Scott Wong contributed.