Rep. Chuck Fleischmann got his wish Tuesday, as he was assigned a post on the Energy and Water Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations.
The congressman, who was one of five members named to the Appropriations Committee in December, had said previously that a spot on Energy and Water would have been his “first choice” among the committee’s 12 subgroups. Fleischmann was also assigned spots on the Homeland Security Subcommittee, along with the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee.
As the only member of the Tennessee delegation, Fleischmann’s assignments will give him a voice on securing funding for projects specific to both the state and the 3rd Congressional District. The Chickamauga Lock, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex all lie within district boundaries.
Despite the congressman’s repeated calls for funding for ongoing maintenance and eventual replacement of the Chickamauga Lock during his first term, zero dollars were appropriated for the project in President Barack Obama’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Overall costs for the project are estimated to be $693 million.
The spot on both Appropriations and Energy and Water will also likely lend Fleischmann an additional degree of clout in future bids for re-election. Former 3rd District Rep. Zach Wamp, also a member of the committee and subcommittee, was known for using his posts as a selling point when making the case to supporters as to why he should retain his seat.