Sen. Sherrod Brown takes Byrd’s place on Appropriations Committee

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Sen. Sherrod Brown takes Byrd’s place on Appropriations Committee

The Hill – Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Thursday was selected to take the place of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Byrd, who passed away this month, was a former chairman of the panel. His last term at the helm ended after he stepped down in early 2009 due to his increasing frailty in old age.

"I look forward to joining my colleagues on the committee — including Chairman [Daniel] Inouye [D-Hawaii] and Ranking Member [Thad] Cochran [R-Miss.] to ensure budget dollars are allocated in the most effective way possible to promote economic progress and fiscal stability," Brown said in a statement after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) picked him to fill the vacancy.

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