Chairman of Appropriations health subcommittee named

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) was tapped Friday to head a powerful appropriations subcommittee with oversight of health spending.

The six-term congressman will lead the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which holds the purse strings for the Medicare agency. As Republicans look to chip away at the new healthcare reform law, the Appropriations Committee is expected to play a key role in GOP plans to defund the law. 

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) will be the subcommittee's ranking member, Rehberg said on a conference call Friday afternoon.

The House health subcommittee leadership picture is starting to get more defined. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) was selected Thursday to lead the Ways and Means health subcommittee.