Cole rebuffs Aderholt call for delayed Appropriations election: Not a ‘wise decision’

Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) dismissed calls from his colleague, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), to delay the selection of a new Appropriations Committee chair, saying it is not a “wise decision.”

“I think we need to move now,” Cole said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “You need to remove the uncertainty.”

Current Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) announced her decision to step down from her position hours after the House passed the final set of appropriations bills for fiscal year 2024. Later that day, Cole became the first Republican to put his name forward to succeed Granger as chairman.

Though Aderholt has not entered the Appropriations race, he called for a delay in the selection process in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Wednesday. The Alabama Republican, who is the senior GOP member on
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