Senator Shelby Takes Helm at Committee on Appropriations
Following the April 1st departure of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) was confirmed on Tuesday by his Republican colleagues as the new chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations, which oversees the allocation of over $1.3 trillion in government spending. Shortly after the Republican Conference ratified the selection, Chairman Shelby announced the new subcommittee chairmen and rosters for the Committee. The full Senate unanimously confirmed Senator Shelby and his subcommittee rosters late Tuesday night.
Not only will Chairman Shelby be taking on a larger role as chairman of the full Committee, he will become chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, a post also previously held by Senator Cochran. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) will take the helm at the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), will take over at the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. While these changes do not drastically alter the makeup of the Appropriations Committee, expect the allocation of federal dollars and government projects to reflect the new rosters. For a full view of the new committee assignments, follow the link below to a communication from Senate Committee on Appropriations staff.