HONOLULU — Less than a week after he officially assumed his seat in Congress, Ed Case has landed one of the most coveted posts in the House — a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
His appointment is only the second time that a representative from Hawaii has landed this key assignment. The committee makes major decisions on money spent by the federal government.
“I am pleased that my colleagues in the House entrusted me with this critical responsibility,” said Case. “Together with Sen. Brian Schatz, who sits on the Senate Appropriations (Committee), we are in incredibly important positions to help Hawaii with activities, programs, personnel and equipment that rely heavily on federal assistance.”
The last time a Hawaii member of Congress sat on this key committee was when the late U.S. Rep. Daniel K. Akaka served, from 1981 to 1990.
Case, a Democrat who previously represented rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands in Congress, now represents urban Oahu.