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Republicans Name Education Appropriators in the House


January 16, 2013


By: Mitch

The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives recently announced new committee assignments for the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress. The Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee oversees annual funding for Department of Education programs, including Perkins.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) has been named the new subcommittee chairman, replacing former-Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) who retired from Congress following a failed run for the Senate in 2012. Kingston is a veteran appropriator—former chairman of the agricultural appropriations subcommittee—and is now in his 11th term in the House. He will serve alongside Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) who is returning to her job as the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat.

In addition to Rehberg, Republican Reps. Jerry Lewis (CA), Kay Granger (TX), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Cynthia Lummis (WY) have also left the subcommittee. The new majority roster for the subcommittee includes:

There are two vacant Democratic spot on the subcommittee—former-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) resigned from Congress last year and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) has been named ranking member of the full appropriations committee—but those positions have not yet been filled.

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