January 9, 2017
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U.S. Rep. Newhouse appointed to Appropriations Committee; U.S. Rep. DelBene named to Ways & Means

A Republican and a Democrat from Washington's congressional delegation will help shape the spending and tax priorities of the new Congress.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Republican from Sunnyside, will serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal discretionary spending.

“Wise stewardship of taxpayers’ funds is one of the most important responsibilities of representing Central Washington in Congress,” said Newhouse. “Too often, the federal government forgets that it's hard-working Americans who pay the bills. Joining the powerful House Appropriations Committee will help me protect our tax dollars from being spent wastefully and will help ensure important Central Washington priorities such as Hanford cleanup, the Yakima Training Center, agriculture, water storage, and wildfire prevention, are supported. I look forward to working with Chairman Frelinghuysen and my colleagues to restore Congress’ constitutional power of the purse.”

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Democrat from Medina, will join the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax reform, trade and health care.

“We need an economy that works for everyone. Unfortunately, our current tax system is failing American families and is out of date with the way the world works today,” said DelBene. “We need a bipartisan solution that simplifies our tax code for millions of hardworking families and ends special interest tax breaks that haven’t given us a strong return on investment. I will work with both sides of the aisle to achieve this goal.”

For more information, contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues.

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