Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): Statement On New Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

I want to commend Senator Shelby as the new Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Senator Shelby and I have served side-by-side in the Senate since 1987.  Marcelle and I count Dick and Annette as dear friends. 

I have enjoyed working with Senator Shelby on the Appropriations Committee for more than two decades.  As a senator, he hews to the tested values that keep this chamber running, and he has always remained true to his word.  These are qualities he shares with Senator Cochran, and qualities that allowed us to successfully complete the fiscal year 2017 and 2018 omnibus appropriations acts.  I look forward to working closely with Chairman Shelby and his staff over the coming months on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills.  With the two year budget agreement in place, I am hopeful we will be able to work together to report all 12 bills from the committee and see them pass on the Senate Floor before the end of the fiscal year as we do our work on behalf of the American people.      

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