WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler will trade up her committee assignment in the next Congress, joining the powerful appropriations panel in January.
Herrera Beutler, a freshman Republican who represents Southwest Washington’s 3rd District, is one of six new GOP members added to the House Appropriations Committee. The group includes U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, who like Herrera Beutler is finishing his first term in Congress, as well as two others who were elected to the House in November.
Herrera Beutler’s move comes as Rep. Norm Dicks, the Bremerton Democrat, is preparing to vacate his seat on the appropriations panel, which writes spending bills. Dicks, who has served in Congress since 1977, is retiring in January.
Herrera Beutler will give up her seats on the Small Business and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.