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Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Earmark opponent Flake gets spot on House Appropriations

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 5:30 p.m.

Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a strident foe of Congress' earmarking process, has won a spot on the House Appropriations Committee.

The House GOP transition office announced Friday that Flake was selected by the House Republican Steering Committee to join the spending committee.

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) got behind Flake's bid earlier this week, in an overture to fiscal conservatives who have vowed to slash spending in the new Congress.

The announcement sets up an all-but-certain clash between Flake and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who was tapped on Tuesday to serve as the committee's next chairman. Rogers is a longtime earmarking proponent whose support for the pet projects earned him the nickname "Prince of Pork."

After the news that he'll be joining the committee became public, Flake continued his offensive against earmarks in his "earmark of the week" message, highlighting an "egregious" $500,000 earmark for the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in Maryland.

"O say can you see the need for earmark reform?" Flake said in a statement.

Flake also penned a letter to President Obama today urging him to veto any end-of-year funding legislation that includes earmarks.

Several incoming freshmen committee assignments were also announced Friday. Among them, Rep.-elect Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), who succeeds retiring Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), will serve on the Financial Services Committee.

The steering committee's recommendations will need to be approved by the full House Republican conference, a step that's largely considered a formality.

Boehner has vowed to cut committees' budgets by five percent in the 112th Congress, a move that means Republicans as well as Democrats are on track to tap fewer members for committee spots.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 10, 2010; 3:54 PM ET
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