First Woman to Chair Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee

(Washington D.C) – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) was selected to chair the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs panel today, making history as the first woman to hold that pivotal House post. The MilCon/Va Appropriations Subcommittee is the only one in the Congress that makes policy and provides funding for the entire life cycle of an individual’s service, from their time in the military and after they leave the service and join the ranks of veterans.

“I’m truly honored to be the first woman ever to take this gavel. After this historic election cycle when a record number of women were elected to Congress, serving in this role will allow me to bring a unique perspective to quality of life issues for our military and veterans,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I’m also fiercely determined to work diligently, and across the aisle, to ensure that our nation’s veterans and the men and women who serve, get the resources and support they need.”

House Appropriations Committee Democrats chose its roster of leaders for various Subcommittees today. Before becoming final, the Subcommittee Chairs and the Subcommittee rosters must be formally approved by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the House Democratic Caucus.