Senator will help shape budget and spending on key issues to Arizona
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today announced that she will serve on five subcommittees key to Arizona priorities in her new role on the Senate Appropriations Committee: Energy and Water Development; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.
“Each of the five subcommittees I will serve on represent critical priorities that are essential to Arizona’s future. I look forward to working across the aisle to deliver lasting solutions on the issues that matter most to my state,” said Sinema, a new member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Sinema joined the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations earlier this month to fill the seat left vacant following the passing of the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The role of the Senate Appropriations Committee is defined by the U.S. Constitution, which requires “appropriations made by law” prior to the expenditure of any money from the Federal treasury. The Committee, chaired by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis.
In her first hearing as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sinema questioned U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin about the need to pass a bipartisan national security package supporting Israel, Ukraine, and Arizona’s border.