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Cochran confirmed as chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee

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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran was officially confirmed Thursday as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the 114th Congress. Cochran said his goal is to move forward in a responsible and timely manner to fulfill Congress' constitutional obligation to fund federal government functions.

Cochran's selection was initiated by Republican members of the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

“I am grateful for the confidence placed in me to lead the Senate Appropriations Committee," said Cochran. "I will work with committee members to write timely bills to fund the government in a fiscally responsible manner, and to oversee the effective implementation of those bills by the executive branch. We should strive to follow a process that gives all senators an opportunity to shape appropriations measures and help oversee the programs and policies that we fund.”

Cochran, who chaired the committee during the 109th Congress (2005-2006), is currently working on designating subcommittee chairmen from among the Republican members of the committee.

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