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Bill Young will remain chairman of defense appropriations committee



Longtime Florida Rep. C.W. Bill Young will serve another term as chairman of the powerful defense appropriations subcommittee, House leaders said Monday.

It is the second time 82-year-old Young, R-Indian Shores, has gotten a waiver from Republican term limits on leadership positions. In a statement he praised Speaker John Boehner and full appropriations chairman Harold Rogers:

“At a time of great uncertainty and what I see as instability in the future direction of U.S. defense policy, I believe we need to keep our national security team intact, ready to respond to any threats to our readiness,” Young said. “I appreciate the confidence the Speaker and Chairman Rogers have shown in me to bring before the House good appropriations bills that protect our nation from threats abroad, continue to support our all volunteer force so they can carry out their missions safely and effectively, and to care for our fallen heroes and their families when they return home, many with injuries from which they will never fully recover.”

Young served as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense from 1995-1998, 2005-2006, and 2011-2012 and served as the Ranking Republican from 2007-2010. He served as chairman of the full House Appropriations Committee from 1999-2004.

First elected in 1970, Young is the longest-serving Republican member of Congress.

[Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 3:26pm]


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