U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

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[appropriations.senate.gov/members/members.htm U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations]
Members, 109th Congress
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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. Chapter 25 of the Senate Rules defines the Standing committees of the Senate; section (b) is about the Committee on Appropriations.

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.


Subcommittees

It has the following subcommittees:

Chairmen of the Appropriations Committee, 1867-present

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
Eugene Hale Republican Maine 1908-1911
Francis E. Warren Republican Wyoming 1911-1913
Thomas S. Martin Democratic Virginia 1913-1919
Francis E. Warren Republican Wyoming 1919-1929
Wesley L. Jones Republican Washington 1929-1932
Frederick Hale Republican Maine 1932-1933
Carter Glass Democratic Virginia 1933-1946
Kenneth D. McKellar Democratic Tennessee 1946-1947
Styles Bridges Republican New Hampshire 1947-1949
Kenneth D. McKellar Democratic Tennessee 1949-1953
Styles Bridges Republican New Hampshire 1953-1955
Carl T. Hayden Democratic Arizona 1955-1969
Richard B. Russell Jr. Democratic Georgia 1969-1971
Allen J. Ellender Democratic Louisiana 1971-1972
John L. McClellan Democratic Arkansas 1972-1977
Warren G. Magnuson Democratic Washington 1977-1981
Mark O. Hatfield Republican Oregon 1981-1987
John C. Stennis Democratic Mississippi. 1987-1989
Robert C. Byrd Democratic West Virginia 1989-1995
Mark O. Hatfield Republican Oregon 1995-1997
Theodore F. Stevens Republican Alaska 1997-2001
Robert C. Byrd Democratic West Virginia. 2001
Theodore F. Stevens Republican Alaska 2001
Robert C. Byrd Democratic West Virginia 2001-2003
Theodore F. Stevens Republican Alaska 2003-2005
W. Thad Cochran Republican Mississippi 2005-present

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