June 26, 2018

CHANGE: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (D-NE) named chairman of legislative appropriations subcommittee in House.

In May, Frelinghuysen announced a reshuffle of the powerful appropriations subcommittee chairs, known as “cardinals,” sparked by the retirement of Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who lead the subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs. At the time, Frelinghuysen named himself legislative branch subcommittee chairman as a placeholder.

The decision to go with Fortenberry skips over Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), the next GOP appropriator by seniority. Womack is prohibited from serving as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee since he is currently head of the House Budget Committee.

Womack had openly speculated about possibly leaving his perch atop the Budget Committee in favor of becoming an appropriations cardinal, but expressed reservations about leading the legislative branch panel.

Not a leg. man.

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