Politics & Government

May 5, 2010 6:37 PM

Obey's exit creates opening for Washington state lawmaker

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., is in line to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful posts on Capitol Hill with direct control over more than a third of all federal spending — nearly $1.4 trillion annually. Dicks would succeed the current chairman, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., who announced his retirement Wednesday.

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