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  Two women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history
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Last EditedWA Indy  Nov 22, 2021 09:47pm
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AuthorAris Folley
News DateTuesday, November 23, 2021 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
One of the Senate’s most powerful spending committees could see women at the helm for the first time in the next session of Congress following a string of announced retirements in the upper chamber.

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, are prepared to retire at the end of their terms next year, and two senior members of the upper chamber’s largest committee are in line to succeed the pair.

Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose shared experience serving on the committee and in the upper chamber span decades, are poised to take their male colleagues' places.
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