McConnell Eying Appropriations Chairmanship: Report

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reign as a party leader in the chamber ends this January, but he’s looking at keeping the power he’s gained over his years in office through a shift to chairing the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee if Republicans regain the chamber’s majority, according to several sources close to the party’s leadership.

No decisions have been reached, but moving to the chairmanship spot would still allow the Kentucky Republican, 82, to have a controlling hand in government funding until his term in office wraps up in 2027, reports Axios.

McConnell’s shift to chairing the Appropriations Committee has precedent, as the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., chaired the committee after having also served as both majority and minority leader over the years.

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