Advance Notice: Briefs

Lawrence nominated for Appropriations Committee

By: - January 10, 2019 5:39 pm

Brenda Lawrence

The magnitude of Michigan’s pink wave is poised to increase in its scope.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been nominated by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.  

“I am excited to be nominated to serve on the powerful and exclusive House Appropriations Committee to help support crucial funding of essential services for the people of Michigan and the 14th district,” said Lawrence, who is beginning her third term on Capitol Hill.  

Lawrence, a former Southfield mayor, continued:

“It is imperative that adequate funding is provided for our nation’s infrastructure, healthcare, child care, education, military and investment in our developing workforce. I am committed to fight, not only for the good of the American people, but also to fight against spending efforts that would harm American families, communities and businesses. The government should work for the people, not against it; and I am excited to serve through this Democratic majority in the 116th Congress to get the job done.”

Democrats took over the U.S. House on Jan. 3. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies.

Justice Democrats, a national progressive group, has pushed for U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to be on the committee, as well. However, the first-term lawmaker is not on the list of new members nominated.

As the Advance reported, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) has been named to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.

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