Republicans reluctant to serve on the Appropriations Committee

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    All that campaigning to cut costs, but it's difficult finding republicans who want to be seen cutting costs. :clap2:

    Mobile POLITICO: Appropriations panel loses its luster
    By Simmi Aujla & Richard E. Cohen | 11/16/10 @ 8:35 PM EST
    A band of conservative rebels has taken over the House, vowing to slash spending, cut the deficit and kill earmarks.

    And of course they’d love a seat on the powerhouse Appropriations Committee so they can translate their campaign zeal into action, right?

    Not really.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked to be an appropriator and said thanks, but no thanks. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a tea party favorite, turned down a shot at Appropriations, which controls all discretionary spending. So did conservatives like Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an ambitious newcomer who will lead the influential Republican Study Committee.

    Indeed, the Appropriations Committee just doesn’t seem to be the plum assignment it once was, and the line is short for new recruits to join a panel where the longtime focus on bringing home earmarks and other goodies will shift to finding $100 billion in spending cuts. Even conservative reformers who do get assigned to the committee are likely to be stymied once their appropriations bills reach the floor and get amended to death, then potentially earmarked into oblivion by a Democratic Senate.

    “Anybody who’s a Republican right now, come June, is going to be accused of hating seniors, hating education, hating children, hating clean air and probably hating the military and farmers, too,” said Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), a fiscal conservative who is lobbying to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “So much of the work is going to be appropriations related. There’s going to be a lot of tough votes. So some people may want to shy away from the committee. I understand it.”

    Kingston said he’s approached Bachmann, King and Westmoreland about the committee, and they all told him they weren’t interested.
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