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In a statement, subcommittee ranking member Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), who may be chairman next year, said, “I am not aware of any efforts to eliminate the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.”
A GOP subcommittee staffer expounded. “We believe that will not happen,” the staffer said. “We’ve got millions of visitors coming to the Capitol every year and we’ve got to make sure the facility is safe for the visitors and the Congressmen.”
A spokesman for Lewis said the Congressman will not comment on committee organization, but Lewis would need a term-limits waiver to chair the committee, making the other two Representatives frontrunners.
In a statement, the last contender, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), didn’t say anything about the subcommittee but said the full committee “will be ground zero in making the tough, surgical decisions to cut spending.”
Also weighing on the side of maintaining the subcommittee is the matter of a Democratic Senate majority.
The two chambers’ Appropriations panels are not required to have the same structure, but they have traditionally made parallel changes, as in 2003 when a Homeland Security panel was added to each side.
The panels have identical subcommittees, and any lopsidedness could slow down an already drawn-out appropriations process.