House Democrats elect DeLauro as next House Appropriations chair

House Democrats on Thursday elected Rep. Rosa DeLauro as the next chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, bestowing the 77-year-old ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the long-sought gavel to steer the lower chamber’s spending bills in the next Congress.DeLauro won in a 148-79 caucus-wide vote after vying for the top spot for more than a year against Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). Allies of Wasserman Schultz had insisted that the race was narrowing in recent weeks.Kaptur — the most senior Democrat on the spending panel and the longest-serving woman in Congress — dropped out of the race at the last minute and backed DeLauro, giving the Connecticut Democrat an edge in a battle against Wasserman Schultz. Kaptur was previously passed over for the position in 2012, when she lost to retiring Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).As chair, DeLauro will work closely with the White House in

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By Caitlin Emma

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