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Dicks in line for even more powerful committee post

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on May 5, 2010 at 10:31 am with 19 Comments »
May 5, 2010 10:31 am


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.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. tommy98466 says:

    Its time to replace the guy who says “he works for jobs.” He hasn’t created any jobs in his 30 plus years of service. If he has, where are those jobs today? Move over Norm. Give someone with fresh ideas to take over. It dosen’t mean a thing for Washingtonions for you to be chairman of any committee. Time to vote Dicks out.

  2. Not sure where you have been for the last 30 years or so, Tommy. But with all the downsizing of military facilities around the country, not one major facility has closed under Dicks’ watch. How many regions/states can boast the likes of Fairchild AFB, JB Lewis-McChord, Everett Homeport, and Navel Base Kitsap (Bangor Subbase, Keyport, and Bremerton Naval shipyard)?

  3. tacomajoe says:

    I’m buying Boeing and General Dynamics stock right away if Dicks gets the post. This country will have 20 new aircraft carriers floating in Lake Tapps if Dicks is spending our money.

  4. When is the decision supposed to be made for Norm Dicks becoming chairman of this committee? The tanker decision for bowing is coming up soon.

  5. Ooops, Boeing…:)

  6. Daisydog says:

    Toooooot! Tooooooooooot! Hear that? It’s the gravy train baaaaaaaaby, and it’s a gonna make a stop in Washington State!

  7. oink, oink, oink…

  8. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Time for this socialist democrat and “OH-Bummer” supporter to be retired by the electorate inNovember!!!!

  9. donjames says:

    Not sure where you have been for the last 30 years or so, but only the Kitsap bases you mentioned are even in dicks’ district.

    As for Nawmy, the TNT should be careful about counting their chickens (or in this case, piggies). Any possible chairmanship for dicks would seem to weigh heavily on the outcome of a certain election this November. I hardly think the democrats are guaranteed to retain their majority in the House, and the last time I checked, that would be a prerequisite of retaining committee chairs. And the fact obey is resigning is not exactly good news for the dems.

  10. InsideJob says:

    Unfortunately as top Dems “retire” – this reprobate is going to gain stature. However the saving grace is that Dems will be out of power in November and he will lose this chairmanship. There is little hope of him losing the election, however his wings can be clipped severely if things go well in November.

  11. It seems a bridge to Belfair must now be in the works

  12. DRED_SCOTT says:

    I can’t believe the calls for Dicks to not run for re-election! that would be like the voters in Spokane who voted out Tom Foley once he made Speaker of the House in favor of a Tea Partier who ran on term limits who then renounced term limits once he got a taste! Spokane cost itself billions of dollars. Fort Lewis/McChord would be long gone if not for Dicks. All military members, vets and dependents should vote 100% for Dicks as well as anyone who cares about the well-being of this area.

  13. Kcav1438 says:

    Send in the clowns…….

  14. LibertyBell says:

    Lets keep voting porkulus from Dicks, so that your military keeps getting equipment no military person want’s, need’s, or can use!

    According to the article, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.), Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wa.), and Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wa.) are responsible for both funneling $17.65 to a small boat company in Washington State and forcing the Navy and Coast Guard to buy boats for which they had no use, and this has been going on for years.

    Just get some local campaine cash, and you too can spill some champaign over the bow of another NW LOOSER!

  15. Polago says:

    Good point, DRED_SCOTT.

    Those who would decry Norm Dick’s becoming chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, simply because he’s not from their party, would sooner shoot themselves in the foot, then see this state prosper.

    They would rather see Washington fail, than see her thrive under a Democrat’s watch.


  16. mikeslinger says:

    Vote this man out, along with every single incumbent. Do this for every office, every election cycle. If anyone takes a serious look at the state of our State, you will come to the conclusion that there is a crash coming. Unless we have citizen legislatures, we will be living under a dictatorship soon.

  17. After 30 plus years of a career politician it time for a fresh start. Jesse youngforcongress.com

  18. dooly44 says:

    I see more “earmarks” which will increase the coffers in his campaign funds.

  19. Martsmarn says:

    donjames is so ignorant that he doesn’t even know where Dick’s district is. Yes, those Kitsap bases are in his district, dummy. lt’s the Pierce County bases that are not, they are Adam Smith’s district. Hope you are not a voter, being that dumb.

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