Africa subcommittee chair joins spending panel

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Senators defend bipartisan bill on facial recognition as cities crack down MORE (D-Del.) will keep his spot on the subcommittee but had to give up membership on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. His new role comes the same day the committee approved a $44.1 billion spending bill for the State Department and foreign aid, setting up a tough fight with a House whose spending bill is $10 billion lower.

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“The Appropriations Committee offers a unique opportunity to make a difference for Delawareans on an extraordinary range of issues, and to ensure that the federal government is making the wisest, most efficient investments in our future,” Coons said in a statement. “My priorities on Appropriations will be consistent with my work in the Senate so far — helping businesses grow and create jobs; supporting innovative research; giving law enforcement the tools to keep our communities safe; and building a circle of protection around the most vulnerable in our society.”

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