RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei has won a coveted spot on the House Appropriations Committee.
The 2nd District Republican is the first Nevadan in 17 years to be appointed to the influential panel that handles all congressional spending bills.
The House Republican Steering Committee approved his appointment to the committee on Wednesday along with Utah Rep. Chris Stewart and Alabama Rep. Martha Roby.
Amodei is the first Nevadan on the panel since Republican Barbara Vucanovich, who represented roughly the same district Amodei has covering most all of Nevada except the metro Las Vegas area.
Amodei told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/nm68dnl) he's looking forward to being a strong voice on western Issues while continuing his other committee assignments with oversight over the Departments of Interior and Veteran Affairs.