Bonners rise gives the state added clout

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 14, 2008

The issue: Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile was named to the House Appropriations Committee.

Our position:

This appointment is good for Alabama.

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Rep. Jo Bonner&8217;s appointment to the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday marked a red-letter day for the state of Alabama.

Bonner becomes the third member to sit on the House committee, more than many states and equal to larger ones, such as New York, California, Texas and Florida.

With Bonner are Reps. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville and Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville. Over on the Senate side, Sen. Richard Shelby is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

This kind of power on the spending committees will do Alabama well because it will ensure the state gets a fair share of discretionary federal money.