FROM LES BLUMENTHAL IN D.C.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, is in line to become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee with the announcement Wednesday the current chairman, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., won’t seek re-election.
The chairmanship is one of the most powerful on Capitol Hill. The committee oversees virtually all federal spending.
Dicks is running for his 18th term and just recently became chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee.
Dicks is the most senior Democratic member of the full-committee behind only Obey.
The Democratic members of the committee, the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the full House Democratic Caucus will all have to sign off before Dicks could become chairman. Dicks is said to have good relations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose support is essential.