House Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel

House Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel
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Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroDemocrats eye bill providing permanent benefits of at least K per child Jill Biden visits Capitol to thank National Guard Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE (D-Conn.) will be the next House Appropriations Committee chairwoman following a Thursday vote by the House Democratic Caucus.

DeLauro, a close ally of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? MORE (D-Calif.), has served in the House since 1991. She will be at the helm of the powerful committee which oversees funding for the entire federal government.

She'll be the second woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee, filling the vacancy left by retiring 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.).


The Democratic Steering Committee, which decides members' committee assignments, voted earlier this week to recommend DeLauro for the Appropriations vacancy over Reps. 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 (D-Ohio) and 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 (D-Fla.), who also vied for the gavel.

House Democrats voted to ratify DeLauro's recommendation with 148 votes over Wasserman Schultz's 79, according to a Democratic aide, after Kaptur dropped out of the race.

DeLauro will take over the role when the new Congress takes office in January.

Lowey has served as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee since 2013. DeLauro currently chairs an Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments.

In a statement, Lowey praised DeLauro as "a legislative partner of mine for three decades" and "a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable people in our nation."


“More importantly, Rosa has been one of my closest friends for my entire tenure in Congress. I treasure the memories we have made together, particularly our work with Speaker Pelosi to elevate issues of special importance to women and families that earned us the sobriquet DeLoSi," Lowey said.

DeLauro also co-chaired the Steering and Policy Committee before stepping aside to run for the Appropriations slot.

Congress is in the midst of negotiating an all-encompassing omnibus spending package to keep the government funded past Dec. 11, when current funding expires. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Overnight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home Space Command to be located in Alabama MORE (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that he thinks that a temporary stopgap known as a continuing resolution may be necessary.

Shelby said Thursday that negotiators are "working famously" and that staff will work through the weekend.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) pushed back on the pessimism about reaching a deal by next week, saying during a House Democratic Caucus call on Thursday that “if we think it will not get done, it will not get done," according to a source on the call.

If Congress does turn to a stopgap that goes into 2021, DeLauro would be responsible for trying to negotiate a massive spending bill as a Biden administration begins coming into place next year.