WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran officially took over one of the most powerful positions on Capitol Hill Thursday, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's the largest committee in the Senate, and has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation.
The chairman of the committee historically wields enormous power when it comes to deciding which projects receive federal funding.
"I am grateful for the confidence placed in me to lead the Senate Appropriations Committee, "Cochran said. "We should strive to follow a process that gives all senators an opportunity to shape appropriations measures and help oversee the programs and policies that we fund."
Senator Roger Wicker congratulated his fellow Mississippian on his leadership position, saying, "Thad's guidance and experience will be instrumental to the committee's work in finding fiscally responsible ways to fund the federal government while restricting excessive spending and reining in executive overreach. He will play a vital role in restoring the Senate to regular order and ensuring the timely approval of appropriations bills."
Cochran chaired the committee back in 2005 and 2006 during the 109th Congress. He's currently working on designating subcommittee chairmen from among the Republican members of the committee. They include: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Hoeven (S.D.), John Boozman (Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (La.), James Lankford (Okla.), and Steve Daines (Mont.).