U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) has been picked to chair the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

Aderholt said, as chairman of the committee, he will be “laser-focused” on cutting back government spending.

“It is an honor to have been chosen to chair this important Appropriations Subcommittee,” he said in a statement. “The Labor, Health and Human Services & Education subcommittee is responsible for the largest pool of non-defense government spending in the entire federal budget, and with that, comes the commitment to renewed oversight and fiscal responsibility as we move into the Fiscal Year 23 Appropriations cycle."

“The new Republican majority in the House has made a commitment to the American people to get government spending under control,” he continued. “As chairman of this committee under Appropriations, I will be laser-focused on looking at areas where we can reign in out-of-control spending, much of it put in place during the pandemic and no longer needed.”

Aderholt said he plans to cut to non-defense, discretionary spending.

“As the national debt approaches $33 trillion, we must get control of the discretionary, non-defense spending,” he said. “With so many threats to our national security from the likes of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, cutting defense spending is, in my opinion, not an option. Therefore, we must look at areas of our domestic spending that have grown wildly out of control.

“I want to use the power of the gavel to make sure that this subcommittee is meeting its commitments to the departments and agencies it funds without breaking the bank built by American taxpayers.”

Aderholt also plans to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which bars tax dollars from being used to fund abortions.

“Only in recent years have some on the left tried to remove this important safeguard. I will work to make sure it stays firmly in place," he declared.

House Appropriations chairwoman Kay Granger announced the appointment Monday and listed the names of the other subcommittee leaders.

“I’m proud to have this outstanding group of Members leading the Committee at this critical time for the country. These Members understand we must find ways to cut wasteful government spending while increasing the safety and security of the American people,” she stated.

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