Thursday, May 20, 2010

Second Day - Meeting with the Chairman

The Chamber delegation met with Rep. Dicks, who has often been called the state's "third senator" due to his influence on Capitol Hill and willingness to engage in a wide variety issues throughout the state.

With the recent passing of Rep. Murtha and retirement announcement of Rep. Obey, Rep. Dicks has secured the chairmanship of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and, if the democrats retain control of the House, will likely become of the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Essentially, all congressional monies and funding must flow through this committee, giving Rep. Dicks a greater ability to work on issues important to this state as well as this nation.

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