Statement of Approps Chairman Leahy On Announcing Subcommittee Rosters and Leadership for the 117th Congress

The Appropriations Committee is where we put the necessary resources behind our policy priorities.  It is where we can address the needs of the American people.  This is a process that requires difficult decisions and bipartisan cooperation, and I believe we have a skilled and experienced team to confront this challenge head on.  I want to thank my good friend Senator Shelby for his partnership in the 116th Congress, and I welcome his leadership as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress.     

I would also like to welcome our new Democrat to join the Committee, Senator Heinrich.  The people of New Mexico lost a strong advocate with the retirement of Senator Udall, but I know Senator Heinrich is ready to take on this role as a new member of the Committee. 

Our country is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis.  Although vaccines have provided a light at the end of the tunnel, we have yet to leave the grip of the COVID pandemic.  I look forward to the challenge of leading this Committee with Vice Chairman Shelby through this crisis, and I intend to announce my priorities as Chairman in the coming weeks.  

Majority and minority Chairmen, Ranking Members, and subcommittee rosters for the 117th Congress are available HERE.

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