Zinke lands on powerful House Appropriations Committee

Western Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke will serve the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, making him the state’s first congressman to do so in nearly two decades.

The Appropriations Committee regulates federal spending is the House. That power of the purse makes it one of four A-list committees whose membership was announced before B-list appointments this session. The last Montanan selected for Appropriations was Republican Denny Rehberg in the 2000s. Rehberg’s committee advancement preceded a U.S. Senate candidacy in 2012.

After the selection, Zinke said he expects Appropriations to be a position of power for House Republicans still limited by Democratic control of the Senate and the presidency.  

“Quite frankly, the next two years, there’s not going to be a lot of policy. Most of what Congress, a Republican Congress, can do is shed light on investigations, and then use the power of the purse to mitigate the damage that the Biden administration is doing,” Zinke said.

People are also reading…

Zinke said he plans use the appropriations process to limit the government’s ability to enforce regulations viewed by conservatives as detrimental to Montana’s economy, specifically agriculture, energy and federal land management.

The goal will be to

View Source