The Senate Appropriations Committee released draft fiscal 2021 bills that would provide additional increases for rural broadband and other priorities while offering less than House Democrats for EPA and other regulatory agencies.
Former congressman Mike Espy, who served as Agriculture Secretary during the Clinton administration, has made it official. The Democrat announced last week that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi recently vacated by Republican Thad Cochran.
A big change is coming up soon on the Senate Appropriations Committee with 80-year-old Chairman Thad Cochran set to retire at the end of the month. The powerful position, however, most likely will be filled by another Southerner, 83-year-old Richard Shelby of Alabama.