On 4 February, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its lineup for the 112th Congress. With the retirement and defeat of several former appropriators, the committee had multiple openings for new members, thereby allowing seven Republicans to join. All but one of these newest appropriators are freshmen; the exception is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is currently serving his second term. The others include Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Daniel Coats (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS). The subcommittee Chairmen, Ranking Minority Members, and members are as follows:

Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Subcommittee

The Chairman will be Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). Freshman Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) will assume the top Republican spot on the subcommittee. Members of the panel will be Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and John Hoeven (R-ND).

Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will continue to chair the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will become Ranking Member; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), who held that post in the 111th Congress, will become Ranking Member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee. Members of the panel will be Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Interior and Environment Subcommittee

Major leadership changes occurred on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the United States Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and parts of the Forest Service. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both decided to give up their top spots on the subcommittee in order to lead the Energy and Water Subcommittee. The new Interior and Environment Subcommittee Chairman will be Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will become Ranking Member; Murkowski is also ranking member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Members of the panel will be Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and John Hoeven (R-ND).

Energy and Water Subcommittee

The subcommittee will have completely new leadership this year after former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) retired and former Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) lost his bid for renomination. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) will assume the role of subcommittee chair. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the subcommittee’s new Ranking Member. Members of the panel will be Senators Parry Murray (D-WA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee

The Chairman will be Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who also chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) assumes the position of Ranking Member. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies. Members of the panel will be Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).

 


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