The office for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann announced late Thursday that the congressman has been named to serve on the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations when he returns to Congress for his second term next year.
The committee, which oversees government budgeting and spending, is commonly observed to be one of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives.
Along with Fleischmann, five other Republican House members or members-elect were appointed to serve on the committee Thursday. Fleischmann's predecessor, former 3rd District Rep. Zach Wamp, also served on the committee, wielding the position to ensure funding for maintenance programs for the aging Chickamauga Lock.
Despite Fleischmann's repeated calls to secure funding for maintaining and replacing the 72-year-old lock, zero dollars were appropriated for the $693 million project in President Barack Obama's budget the 2013 fiscal year.
Upon learning of his appointment, the congressman said he was honored and looking forward to his new post.
"I am pleased to be joining the Appropriations Committee, which does critical work ensuring that every tax dollar coming from hardworking Americans is spent wisely," Fleischmann said in a news release. "With our national debt growing larger and larger, it is now more important than ever that we exercise strong fiscal discipline and work to cut unnecessary spending."
The congressman did not indicate what subcommittees he would potentially be assigned to on the Appropriations Committee or offer any comment as to what the future of his current roles on both the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology might be.
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