Texas Rep. Kay Granger is set to become the House Republicans’ top appropriator in the 116th Congress after the GOP Steering Committee selected her Thursday. The House GOP Conference still needs to ratify the decision today. Granger has served as chairwoman of the defense appropriations subcommittee since 2017, creating a vacancy for a Republican to serve as that panel’s ranking member starting in January.
Granger would replace current Committee Chairman Peter Frelinghuysen (N.J.), who is retiring from Congress at the end of the term. Granger told other members of the GOP Conference she planned to make the panel more responsive to members and less driven by staff-level decisions, reported CQ. Granger said she planned to work together with Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who is expected to take the committee gavel in January, on overhauling the way the committee works. “My main goal is to make the Appropriations Committee with Nita Lowey what it once was: It was one of the most important committees in the Congress because we helped our members, and we lost that somehow in all the years,” Granger said.
DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann