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Lawmaker is First African American Woman to Serve on Defense Subcommittee
By Sentinel News Service
Published January 15, 2009

Congresswoman Kilpatrick to Serve on Influential Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee during Historic 111th Congress

Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13) secured membership on two powerful U.S. House Appropriations Subcommi-ttees-the Defense Subcommittee and the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Subcommittee-during the historic 111th Congress.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be the first African American woman to serve on the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee," said Congresswoman Kilpatrick. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to provide resources aimed at supporting our military, revitalizing our manufacturing and automotive industries, creating jobs, and ensuring the safety and security of America's families."

Congresswoman Kilpatrick is the first African American woman and the second woman in the history of our country to serve on the Defense Subcommittee, which is the largest appropriations bill in the federal government. The Defense Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Departments of the Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community Staff, and Defense Agencies. The subcommittee has $512.7 billion authorized in total spending for fiscal year 2009. Energy, healthcare, housing, education, and research and development funding is also included in the Defense bill.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Defense Subcommittee. I look forward to working to provide our military with the resources necessary to defend and protect our freedoms and ensure the safety and security of America's families," said Congresswoman Kilpatrick.

 The Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The subcommittee appropriated $103.6 billion in total spending for fiscal year 2008.

Congresswoman Kilpatrick is the third African American woman to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which authorizes spending for all levels of the federal government. As a Member of the Appropriations Committee, the Congresswoman has a vote on all 12 appropriations bills.


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