Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) today issued the following statement following her election as Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee:
“It is an honor to be selected by my colleagues to serve as Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress. It is especially gratifying to be the first woman to lead either party on this powerful committee.
“This important position comes with significant responsibility. In the coming weeks, Congress must extend expiring tax reductions for middle-class families and replace sequestration with budget reductions that jeopardize neither critical services nor investments for the future. Moving forward, the Appropriations Committee will play a central role in creating jobs; assisting those affected by natural disasters; rebuilding crumbling infrastructure; improving schools and health care; bolstering security at home and abroad; and reducing the deficit by eliminating wasteful and duplicative spending.
“I look forward to working with the Democratic Caucus, as well as Chairman Rogers and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to support middle-class families, invest for the future, and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”