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Meet the Next Chair of the House Appropriations Committee…..

Who will most likely be Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.-D)……..

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) is poised to take the lead on defense appropriations and Boeing, a large employer in his home state, could benefit in the process.

Dicks, a veteran appropriator, is next in line by seniority to fill in the chairmanship of the Appropriations Defense subcommittee, left vacant by the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). He will be acting chairman until a formal vote.

Obey (D-Wis.), and still needed to talk to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The Democratic Steering Committee would have to vote on the new chairman. The Democratic Caucus would have the final vote.

The late Murtha was a close ally of Pelosi and aided her political ascent. Dicks has a good relationship with the Speaker and has fostered a connection with her during their time on the House Intelligence Committee. Pelosi supported Dicks’s becoming the chairman of the Appropriations Interior, Environment and Related Agencies subcommittee.

Those who know Dicks said the panel will make a smooth transition under him, with most staff likely to stay on. Though he has a reputation for being very aggressive and determined, Dicks is expected to lead the committee by consensus rather than personal force.

And most defense insiders believe Dicks won’t budge on one issue: the Air Force’s new fleet of midair refueling tankers.

The best bet on the tankers is still a split buy……

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February 10, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , ,

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