representative Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroNRCC President, Texas Lawmakers Among Top Claimants COVID-19 Crisis May Be Over Soon, But Youth Mental Health Crisis Is Just Beginning Progressives Almost Pushed Back Bill On House Democrats Capitol Security PLUS (D-Conn.), The next chair of the mighty Appropriations Committee, is a shameless Liberal who will take the hammer at a critical time for the committee and the country.
DeLauro, 77, the second consecutive woman to lead the panel, will be a key player in deciding how to appropriate funding to deal with a pandemic that has already killed more than 280,000 Americans and is getting worse quickly.
Steps already taken to counter the pandemic and a recession triggered by business closures have added trillions to the national debt. Communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the economic calamity and will need support.
“What may be different this time around is the environment we all work in,” DeLauro told The Hill in an interview.
She noted that the effects of the pandemic have highlighted already existing problems.
“There is a general crisis in both health and the economy, and the inequalities and inequalities that have been exposed by the virus,” she said.
DeLauro, who won the 148-79 leadership vote, has been a veteran of politics from a young age.
“I grew up around politics,” she says. Her parents both served on New Haven city council, with her mother’s 35-year stint making her the longest-serving council member.
“My parents did not pass an omnibus law, but their approach was to make the government work for the people,” she said.
Early in her career, DeLauro rose through the ranks from local campaigns to statewide campaigns, eventually becoming campaign manager and chief of staff for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). Her interest in women’s issues was never far away and she decided to run for office while being the executive director of EMILY’s List, which works to elect women to office.
During her early years in Congress, DeLauro forged close ties with other rising female House stars, including her predecessor Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue Lowey Progressives in lobbying battle for leverage amid shrinking majority Biden must tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs READ MORE (DN.Y.), the first female chair of the committee, who is retiring.
“Rep. DeLauro has been one of my closest friends in Congress for three decades,” Lowey said.
Both are allies of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBarbara Comstock: If Trump were to disappear, there wouldn’t be many Republicans in the search group GOP house fights mask, metal detector fines Democrats plot next move after GOP sinks January 6th. (D-Calif.), With whom DeLauro served for years on the Appropriations panel, and herself grew up in a political family.
“Our close collaboration alongside Chairman Pelosi on the Credit Committee in the 1990s earned us the nickname DeLoSi,” Lowey recalled.
DeLauro is easily one of the most colorful members of the house, sporting high-quality looks, geometric rings, and a pop of bright color in her hair. But she bristles at the idea that her look makes sense.
While the Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene Exposes GOP Establishment Powerlessness Jewish House Democrats Call on Biden to Fight Anti-Semitism GOP Leaders Face New Calls to Start Greene MORE (DN.Y.) spoke about fashion and makeup as a form of female power in an 18-minute video for Vogue, delving into the subject of her style, for DeLauro, the subject is a non-starter.
“I’m going to be very honest with you, it’s not how I dress or what I do with my hair that makes the difference, it’s what I do at the legislative level”, she says when asks her about her signature look. “You should know better than to ask that. “
During her tenure on the Agriculture Subcommittee and as eventual chairperson of the Labor, Health and Social Services and Education subcommittee, DeLauro often highlighted the issues of women, family and children in the foreground.
“Over the years Rosa DeLauro has really stood out, among other things, by really standing up for children, especially low-income or disadvantaged children,” said Bob Greenstein, president of the Left Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. .
She has been one of the strongest advocates of the child tax credit and is credited with pushing the National Institutes of Health to require scientific studies to include female test subjects.
This story has made groups like Planned Parenthood seething for her to chair the credits committee.
“She has been a fierce champion of health care,” said Jacqueline Ayers, vice president of government relations and public policy at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
One of DeLauro’s main prominent policies is the Hyde Amendment, a 43-year rider that froze federal money to fund abortion. Last year, President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden Texas Democrats stage walkout to block passage of sweeping election overhaul DOJ adds four defendants to conspiracy case Oath Keepers Biden recalls late son Beau in Memorial Day remarks MOREThe avowed support for the policy provoked a fierce backlash among progressives forcing him to denounce the policy.
Credits has scheduled a hearing on the subject for Tuesday.
DeLauro is clear that the GOP’s strong support for the rule will make his elimination an uphill battle.
“My dear, this is what we will be working on. It just doesn’t happen by decree, ”she said.
Progress, she says, takes time.
Once the coronavirus crisis is over, DeLauro will face a deficit challenge, which broke all records last year and is expected to far exceed $ 1,000 billion in the coming years, adding to a mountain of debts.
While economists widely agree that deficit spending is essential for stimulating the economy in times of crisis, many are concerned about the long-term trajectory of debt and its implications for the future economy.
“Deficits are not as large during this crisis as they were in the past,” said Bill Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center and former GOP budget director in the Senate.
But the timing of DeLauro’s presidency will make him particularly interesting to watch, he says, as 10 years of spending limits expire and Biden takes office.
“I always thought she was liberal, but the fact that she comes at this particular moment in our budgetary history, with no cap in 2022, a new Democratic administration, a pandemic, a decrease in the size of the federal deficit – this could be an explosive period in discretionary spending, ”he said.
On another controversial issue, DeLauro supports the reintroduction of postings, but with new guardrails to prevent abuse. She, Pelosi and others believe it could ease the legislative process, by getting supporters to support the deals.
As 2020 draws to a close, DeLauro says she is focusing on the outstanding issues: finalizing overdue financing bills for fiscal 2021 that expire in December, obtaining critical COVID-19 relief before the end of the lame duck session and turn its attention to the job of directing the roughly $ 1.4 trillion in annual spending that Congress hands out to build a more equitable country.
“We had strong chairs,” she said firmly. “I intend to be in this mode of a strong chair.”