Archive for December 8th, 2010


Yes, we could’ve….

December 8, 2010


Tom Delay Redux

December 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, a Kentucky Republican who’s steered hundreds of millions of federal dollars to projects in his rural district over three decades, was tapped late Tuesday by a group of GOP leaders to head the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

The choice by the House Republican Steering Committee brings to a close a competitive, weeks-long, behind the scenes battle among Rogers, current ranking member Rep. Jerry Lewis R-Calif., and Rep. Jack Kingston R-Ga., for arguably the House’s most powerful committee chairmanship.

If the full House Republican caucus approves the committee decision as expected Wednesday, Rogers will head up a committee charged with helping oversee the allocation of millions in federal funds.

Democrats were quick to pounce on the committee’s decision as proof that Republicans will renege on pledges to curb spending.

“American families heard a lot of Republican rhetoric about fiscal responsibility and reining in debt this election season, but now they’re faced with the choice of the ‘Prince of Pork’ to head their appropriations process,” said Ryan Rudominer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Oink. DeLay would be proud.