Apr 9, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Tom Cole tapped to serve as House Appropriations Committee chair

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

House Rules Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) was tapped to serve as the House Appropriations Committee chair on Tuesday, replacing Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) who recently announced she is relinquishing her gavel early.

Why it matters: Cole will be tasked with leading the powerful panel that oversees crafting government funding bills.

  • The shuffle comes after Granger — who is set to retire at the end of this term — decided to step down from the position shortly after passing FY 2024 spending packages.
  • While Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) expressed interest in the position, calling for a delaying in the steering process, he ultimately did not formally enter the race for the gavel.

The big picture: Cole's move to Appropriations leads to a shakeup in chairmanships, leaving a void at the top of the House Rules Committee.

  • Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will be tasked with selecting Cole's successor on the House Rules Committee, which is not voted on by the GOP Steering Committee.
  • It remains unclear whether Cole will remain on Rules in a different capacity, but members speculated Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) could be a top contender for the position.
  • Johnson could also potentially use the position as a point of leverage with the far-right flank as he comes under fire from conservatives who have taken aim at his handling of spending bills.

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