House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) has announced that the Republican Steering Committee has approved the twelve Appropriations Subcommittee chairs for the 113th Congress, including Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) to head the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) chaired the subcommittee previously.

"The twelve members that were chosen to lead our appropriations subcommittees will shepherd tax-dollars in a responsible, frugal and common sense way to help address the nation's financial challenges," Rogers said. "Each and every one of these hard-working members is committed to reducing our deficits, helping Americans get back to work and ensuring a sound financial future."

Re-elected to his ninth term in November, Aderholt said that he brought "critical oversight and an eight percent reduction" to the Department of Homeland Security's budget, the appropriations subcommittee that he chaired previously. "I am up to the challenge and am honored that Chairman Rogers has placed the confidence in me to bring common sense reform and oversight to the Agriculture Subcommittee," he said.

"USA Rice Federation looks forward to working closely with Chairman Aderholt and his staff in the 113th Congress on funding for programs that are priorities, including export market development, food aid, conservation and research programs," USA Rice Federation Government Affairs Reece Langley said. "We also will communicate to him that the appropriations process should not be used to alter agricultural policies that Congress has authorized for Fiscal Year 2013 and in the next five-year farm bill."