Kay Granger Confirms Bid for House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Leadership

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) is eyeing the top seat at the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, her press secretary has confirmed.

“Congresswoman Granger is interested in continuing on as chair of the state and foreign operations appropriations subcommittee,” Matt Leffingwell, Kranger’s spokesman, told Josh Rogin of “The Cable.”

Rogin earlier predicted Granger was the front-runner to replace Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) as the panel’s chairwoman should the Republicans take back the U.S. Congress, as reported by Devex.

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Granger strongly supports a balanced budget amendment, a proposal that constitutionally mandates the federal government to balance the budget and restricts Congress from spending more money than what it takes. Her position, according to Rogin, “doesn’t bode well for foreign-aid funding in this dismal fiscal environment.”

Citing Capitol Hill sources, Rogin says who gets to lead committees will not be known for at least two or three weeks.

“But if Granger’s bid is successful, she’ll be instantly influential,” he adds. “The fiscal 2011 State and Foreign Ops bill still has not been completed by Congress, despite that the fiscal year began Oct. 1.”

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    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.