Great news for Tampa Bay: Bill Young gets waiver to remain Defense Appropriations chairman

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In news that should be viewed as if Tampa Bay was awarded a future Super Bowl, US Representative Bill Young will remain chairman of the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee next year after being granted a waiver to keep his post, the committee announced Monday.

Young is one of only two House Republicans to receive a waiver bypassing GOP term limits for chairmen, joining 2012 vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, who is staying on as Budget Committee chairman, according to the Hill.

This news should be viewed on the same scale as Tampa Bay being awarded a Super Bowl because that’s the kind of impact having Young as chair of the Defense Appropriations committee has meant to the region.

In a statement, Congressman Young praised Speaker John Boehner and full appropriations chairman Harold Rogers:

“At a time of great uncertainty and what I see as instability in the future direction of U.S. defense policy, I believe we need to keep our national security team intact, ready to respond to any threats to our readiness,” Young said. “I appreciate the confidence the Speaker and Chairman Rogers have shown in me to bring before the House good appropriations bills that protect our nation from threats abroad, continue to support our all volunteer force so they can carry out their missions safely and effectively, and to care for our fallen heroes and their families when they return home, many with injuries from which they will never fully recover.”

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