U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, announced today what had been rumored for weeks -- that she would be joining the House Appropriations Committee.
"Congress is working in a budget-constrained environment for the foreseeable future, and we must make sure every dollar spent is spent wisely," she wrote in a statement Wednesday. "After numerous discussions with senior colleagues in Congress and stakeholders in my state, I’m convinced having a seat on the Appropriations Committee will afford me more – not less – influence on issues that matter to the people of Alabama’s Second District."
Roby will be one of three House members filing vacancies on the committee, Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers, said in a press release today.
Roby said last month that she had been asked by her colleagues to accept the appointment.
The committee seat is a significant appointment for the second-term congresswoman. The committee is responsible for the authorizing the disbursement of federal funds and is considered one of the more powerful committees in Congress.
However, members of the Appropriations Committee rarely hold seats on other committees. While accepting the appointment, Roby will have to give up seats she holds on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
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