This week House Republicans will choose committee chairman for the incoming Congress, the leaders who, in large measure, will define the new Republican majority. And no choice is more important than deciding who will be the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
So, who will Republicans choose to run the committee that controls the government’s purse strings? Will it be a proven deficit hawk? A fiscal conservative? An avowed opponent of pork-barrel spending?
There are three candidates for the job — all among Congress’s biggest spenders and most profligate spenders.