U.S. Rep. David Jolly secures esteemed spot on House Appropriations Committee

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Congressman David Jolly has secured a prestigious appointment to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. The committee oversees the entire discretionary federal budget. Jolly will begin his new post next year when the 114th Congress convenes.

Jolly represents Pinellas County’s  Congressional District 13. He’s only been in office 7 months. Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election against Democrat Alex Sink. He replaced the late Congressman Bill Young who served on Capital Hill for more than 40-years.

“I am honored and humbled to be named to the Committee on Appropriations. It is the ultimate watchdog committee, scrutinizing virtually every federal program, identifying and eliminating duplicative federal services and areas of waste, fraud, and abuse. The Committee is also the body that identifies areas of critical national investment from national security, to early childhood education, to the environment, to transportation and infrastructure. And finally, the Committee is the place of first response within the Congress to national emergencies like hurricanes and natural disasters, and matters of international conflict and war,” Jolly said.

“Over the next two years, Congress and the President will be looking for areas to work together but will naturally face areas of strong but constructive disagreement. As a guardian of taxpayer dollars, I look forward to working with the other Committee members in a transparent way to protect taxpayers’ interests,” Jolly noted.

Appropriations is considered one of the most influential committee assignments. Four members have gone on to serve as Speaker of the House and one, James Garfield, has gone on to become president.

The committee is chaired by Kentucky Congressman Harold Rogers. Rogers’ re-election was announced yesterday. He oversees the 51 member committee.

“So far as Chairman, I have been proud to oversee the Committee’s important work funding federal government programs in a transparent, responsible way – saving the American taxpayer more than $165 billion over the past four years,” Rogers said in a news release. “I intend to continue these accomplishments in the next Congress. Through a return to regular order, our Committee can continue to cut wasteful spending, rein in the Obama Administration’s executive overreach, bring back responsible governing, and put our nation on a solid fiscal path.”

With his commitment to fiscal conservatism, Jolly is likely to continue with those tenets in mind. Because the Committee on Appropriations is one of prestige, most members do not hold any other committee assignments. That means Jolly will leave his post within the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.