Hal Rogers of Kentucky won the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee, the powerful committee that controls the budgeting process every year. Rogers has been widely criticized as a pork barrel spender, though has more recently adopted an anti-earmark stance. He'll be taking the gavel from retiring Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin.
The wins must be approved by a full Republican conference, but that's just a formality. It will be up to these guys to help Rep. John Boehner hold down the fort for the next two years.
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