Harold Rogers Chairs House Appropriations Commerce Subcommittee

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Publication date: 
27 January 1995

Along with the Republican majority in Congress come new faces
chairing congressional committees and subcommittees.  Rep. Harold
Rogers of Kentucky takes over as chairman of the House
Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and
Judiciary.  In this position Rogers, along with his counterpart in
the Senate, Phil Gramm of Texas, will be primarily responsible for
the budgets of the agencies under his subcommittee's jurisdiction.
These include the Department of Commerce's National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST).  Several of NIST's programs of
outreach and partnership with industry, such as the Advanced
Technology Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships,
have been mentioned as possible targets of cuts or elimination by
the Republicans.

Alan Mollohan, formerly the subcommittee's acting chairman, now
becomes the ranking minority member.  The new subcommittee roster

Republicans:                        Democrats:
Harold Rogers (KY)               Alan Mollohan (WV)
Jim Kolbe (AZ)                      David Skaggs (CO)
Charles Taylor (NC)              Julian Dixon (CA)*
Ralph Regula (OH)*
Michael Forbes (NY)**

*New Member of subcommittee    **New Member of Congress

This is Rogers' eighth term representing the 5th district, which
spans 26 counties in Appalachian eastern Kentucky.  It is the
state's poorest district, and has seen a decline in coal-mining
over the last two decades.  Rogers has used his seat on the
appropriations committee to direct rural development, flood control
and Small Business Administration projects to Kentucky.  Although
Rogers has avidly protected the tobacco interests in his district,
he has also sought funds to help those farmers diversify.

Kentucky's 5th district contains the following colleges:  Alice
Lloyd College, Cumberland College, Hazard Community College, Lees
College, Pikeville College, Prestonsburg Community College,
Somerset Community College, Southeast Community College, Sue
Bennett College, and Union College.

Rogers' 1993 voting record shows that he voted with his party 84
percent of the time, with the President 47 percent of the time, and
received a score of 95 percent from the Conservative Coalition.  On
key votes of interest to the science community, Rogers consistently
supported the SSC.  However, he wavered on the space station,
opposing it in 1992, while supporting it in 1991, 1993 and 1994.

The address of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies is:
     H-309 Capitol Building
     Washington, DC 20515
     (202) 225-3351

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