Wasserman Schultz joins race for top House appropriator
Lowey’s replacement likely won’t be clear until late next year, and it will most likely be one of the panel’s most senior Democrats and possibly another woman.
Wasserman Schultz will compete against Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who are among the committee’s more senior members and were the first to announce campaigns to succeed Lowey (D-N.Y.) after 2020. Other potential candidates include Reps. Sanford Bishop of Georgia and David Price of North Carolina.
Wasserman Schultz noted that she has been an appropriator for 11 out of 15 years in Congress. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the Military Construction-VA spending panel, stressing in her letter that she has “led the fight to protect these vital resources against President Trump’s unconstitutional raid on our military and their families to pay for the border wall boondoggle.”
She previously led the Legislative Branch spending panel, which provides funding for the House, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office and other agencies.
When the 116th Congress draws to an end next year, House Democrats seeking the gavel will vie for the backing of the Steering and Policy panel that influences leadership selections. In a closed-door vote, that group will choose whom to recommend as the spending committee’s top Democrat and the chair, should Democrats retain control of the House.
While lawmakers usually don’t further pursue a committee post if the Steering and Policy committee doesn’t back them, they have the option of requesting a vote from the full caucus, even when another candidate has gotten that initial blessing.