The New York Times posted this morning a story about our tough little — literally, she’s 4′ 11″ — Senator Barbara Milkulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and her ability to face the fiscal showdown that looms this fall.
Unlike her most recent predecessors, Mr. Inouye and Mr. Byrd, Ms. Mikulski is more than happy to raise her legislative voice. She relentlessly lobbies Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, to put her bills on the floor, a luxury of attention that many appropriations bills have not had in years. “I would guess if Senator Mikulski goes to see the majority leader about her bills,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, laughing, “my guess is he drops what he is doing to listen.”
Read Senator Amplifies Her Voice to Referee Fiscal Showdown at nytimes.com