Frank Lautenberg To Replace Robert Byrd As Appropriations Subcommittee Chair : The Two-Way Sen. Daniel Inouye announced his decision earlier today.
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Frank Lautenberg To Replace Robert Byrd As Appropriations Subcommittee Chair

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), now the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Mario Tama/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) will head the powerful United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, replacing Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who died yesterday.

In a news release on the subcommittee's website, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the appointment.

On his website, Lautenberg said "it is an honor to follow the legendary Senator Robert Byrd in leading this subcommittee and carrying on his work to protect our country."

Providing for the safety and security of our families, communities and the economy is my first priority and the most critical responsibility we have in Congress.

This subcommittee is particularly important to New Jersey, which is home to the most at-risk two miles in America for a terrorist attack, and families in my state will never forget the horror of September 11, 2001.

I look forward to leading this subcommittee and advancing America’s homeland security infrastructure