This past week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee by his colleagues on the House Steering and Policy Committee. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for doling out all federal funding to the various federal agencies. Rep. Harder is the first Democratic member of Congress from the Central Valley to serve on the committee in almost 50 years and will use his role to advocate for more federal support for water infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture, and other Central Valley priorities. His appointment was announced on Dec. 18.
“The Valley is always left behind – especially when it comes to funding decisions – and part of the problem is we haven’t had an advocate on the funding committee in decades,” said Rep. Harder. “This new position is an honor and it will give me more opportunities to fight directly for the investments we need here at home. My job in Washington is to remind people there’s more to California than just San Francisco and Los Angeles, and that kind of perspective is needed on the Appropriations Committee.”
The Committee is responsible for drafting all funding legislation in the House.
In addition to the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Harder will seek to continue his service on the House Committee on Agriculture.