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December 19, 2012
Washington -- U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that she is expected to become Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. She would be the Committee's first woman chair, succeeding Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), who sadly passed away on Monday.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be expected to follow the great leadership of Senator Inouye, one of my most treasured mentors, and become the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee," Senator Mikulski said. "It is especially gratifying to be the first woman to lead this powerful Committee. I am grateful for this opportunity to fight for the day to day needs of the American people and the long range needs of the nation."
Senator Mikulski is expected to be ratified as Appropriations Chairwoman by her colleagues at tomorrow's Democratic Caucus meeting.
The Senate Appropriations Committee's role is defined by the U.S. Constitution, which requires "appropriations made by law" prior to the expenditure of any money from the Federal treasury. The Committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis.