House Appropriations chairwoman steps down

 March 23, 2024

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) has decided to step down from her role as the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee. 

Granger, according to the Washington Examinermade the decision to do so just hours after the House approved the $1.2 trillion government spending deal.

Republicans who supported the deal, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), are facing significant criticism - from other Republicans - for doing so. Some Republicans are even calling for Johnson's removal.

It is against this backdrop that Granger submitted her resignation letter to Johnson on Friday, March 22, 2024.

"Dear Mr. Speaker"

Granger posted the resignation letter that she sent to Johnson to her X account. In most of the letter, Granger touts her "accomplishments" as chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee.

She claimed, for example, that one of her successes was this: "Everyone now receives clear documentation of what is in the bills." The only problem, as Breitbart News points out, is that the $1.2 trillion bill "had only been revealed Thursday morning around 3:00 a.m. ET."

Other than touting her "accomplishments," Granger did not say a whole lot.

Regarding her reason for stepping down, she wrote:

Recognizing that an election year often results in final appropriations bills not getting enacted until well into the next fiscal year, it is important that I do everything in my power to ensure a seamless transition before the FY25 bill development begins in earnest. I, therefore, respectfully request that, as soon as possible, the GOP Sterring Committee and Conference select a new Chair of the Appropriatns Committee to serve out the remainder of the 118th Congress.

Johnson responds

In a social media post that he released on Friday afternoon, Speaker Johnson had nothing but praise for Granger.

"Kay Granger has been a champion for Texas and a faithful public servant for the people of the 12th District for nearly three decades. She has certainly been a loyal friend and encourager to me since I came to Congress," Johnson wrote.

The 81-year-old Granger had previously announced that she would not be seeking reelection this year.

Health is the reportedly the reason for her decision not to seek reelection. But, it is no secret that conservatives have soured on Granger recently.

Breitbart reports:

[Granger] had begun taking heat in her Fort Worth district for opposing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)’s speakership bid the month prior and faced a primary challenge. She voted against the Republican nominee Jordan on the first ballot and continued to oppose him until a Republican conference secret ballot stripped Jordan of his nomination.

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