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U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. It has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation in the Senate.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is the largest committee in the U.S. Senate, consisting of 28 members. Its role is defined by the U.S. Constitution, which requires "appropriations made by law" prior to the expenditure of any money from the Treasury, and is therefore one of the most powerful committees in the Senate. The committee was first organized on March 6, 1867, when power over appropriations was taken out of the hands of the Finance Committee. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, chairs this committee and Robert C. Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia serves as ranking member.

The chairman of the Appropriations Committee has enormous power to bring home special projects (sometimes referred to as "pork barrel spending") for his or her state. For example, in fiscal year 2005 per capita federal spending in Alaska, the home state of then-Chairman Ted Stevens, is $12,000, double the national average. Alaska has 11,772 special earmarked projects for a combined cost of $15,780,623,000. This represents about 4 percent of the overall spending in the $388 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 passed by Congress.

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Members

The Chairman is in Bold and Italics, the Ranking Member is in Bold. The current members are as follows:

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Name Party State
Thad Cochran Republican Mississippi
Wayne Allard Republican Colorado
Robert F. Bennett Republican Utah
Christopher Bond Republican Missouri
Sam Brownback Republican Kansas
Conrad Burns Republican Montana
Larry Craig Republican Idaho
Mike DeWine Republican Ohio
Pete Domenici Republican New Mexico
Judd Gregg Republican New Hampshire
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Republican Texas
Mitch McConnell Republican Kentucky
Richard Shelby Republican Alabama
Arlen Specter Republican Pennsylvania
Ted Stevens Republican Alaska
Robert Byrd Democratic West Virginia
Byron Dorgan Democratic North Dakota
Richard Durbin Democratic Illinois
Dianne Feinstein Democratic California
Tom Harkin Democratic Iowa
Daniel Inouye Democratic Hawaii
Tim Johnson Democratic South Dakota
Herb Kohl Democratic Wisconsin
Mary Landrieu Democratic Louisiana
Patrick Leahy Democratic Vermont
Barbara Mikulski Democratic Maryland
Patty Murray Democratic Washington
Harry Reid Democratic Nevada

Subcommittees

It has the following subcommittees:

Chairmen of the Appropriations Committee, 1867-present

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Name Party State Years
Lot M. Morrill Republican Maine 1867–1869
William P. Fessenden Republican Maine 1869
Lot M. Morrill Republican Maine 1869–1871
Cornelius Cole Republican California 1871–1873
Lot M. Morrill Republican Maine 1873–1876
William Windom Republican Minnesota 1876–1879
Henry G. Davis Democratic West Virginia 1879–1881
William B. Allison Republican Iowa 1881–1893
Francis M. Cockrell Democratic Missouri 1893–1895
William B. Allison Republican Iowa 1895–1908

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