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Alexander and Wasserman Schultz Will Tend to Congress' Purse Strings

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Wasserman Schultz has been tapped to serve as the ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.

“This is a new year, a new Congress, and with it brings new opportunities to rein in frivolous spending, produce efficient and workable budgets, and to save tax-payer dollars in our own backyard,” Alexander said in a statement Tuesday to CQ Roll Call. “I am eager to begin serving in this new capacity and have the utmost faith that each of the incoming Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs will act with great resolve in the days ahead to help restrain Washington’s purse strings and lessen the damage caused by historic deficits.”

Alexander, a former Democrat who became a Republican in 2004, doesn’t have a reputation for being a partisan firebrand, which also could make for a good working relationship with Wasserman Schultz.

But as the head of the Democratic National Committee, Wasserman Schultz is not likely to depart from her party’s position that many Republican-spurred cuts bordered on draconian and are harmful to the institution, such as the House’s decision last year to exclude from its fiscal 2013 legislative branch appropriations bill the necessary funds to continue repairs on the aging Capitol Dome.

Alexander will replace Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., who has been selected to lead the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, while Wasserman Schultz is taking over for Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif.

The Senate has not yet designated appropriators and ranking members to oversee its budget and the joint expenses of Capitol Hill.

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