By CITIZEN STAFF
In a move that is unusual for a freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chris Stewart has been appointed to serve on that body’s Appropriations Committee.
The former Weston resident, who still has ties here, was tapped to serve on the powerful committee earlier this month.
That’s after being elected in November of 2012 to represent Utah’s 2nd Congressional district, meaning he has not quite served one year in Congress.
“It’s cool. It’s something we had hoped to be able to do. We’re honored to be in this situation,” Stewart told The Citizen over the weekend.
He explained that the basis for the committee’s existence lies in the U.S. Constitution, which writes of Congress having the power to appropriate funds to run the government.
Stewart, who as an author has made the New York Times’ best selling books list several times, including recently, said he looks at the assignment differently than many.
“A lot of times it means (to committee members), ‘Good, I can bring in earmarks to increase government spending’ that would benefit a particular member’s constituency,” Stewart said.
“My view is quite different. The reason I ran for Congress was that I felt we were committing national suicide with our debt and spending,” he said from Washington.
“I’d hope to use my influence, along with other conservatives, to maintain the fiscal discipline that is going to be absolutely essential.”
Stewart was approached over a month ago by House leadership about joining the committee, something he thought was virtually impossible for a freshman member.
“Leadership said we think you’d be a good fit,” he said. Admitting that perhaps his broad background, including as a businessman, could have helped.
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