U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will now head up the Senate committee that oversees all discretionary spending legislation.
The committee is one of the more powerful of Senate and the chairperson has the final say on what spending bills will see themselves on the Senate floor.
“This is great news for my friend and colleague Barbara Mikulski, and tremendous news for Maryland. Senator Barb has been shattering glass ceilings her entire career and all Marylanders are proud of her as she prepares to lead the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee," U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) said.
"As our nation’s fragile recovery continues to pick up steam, Chairman Mikulski will help ensure that we find a path forward that keeps the federal government invested in job-creating, growth-friendly projects and programs. I have no doubt that she will be a responsible steward of the federal checkbook on behalf of Marylanders and all taxpayers.”