Chaka Fattah is Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee. This committee is responsible for setting spending priorities of over $1 trillion in annual discretionary funds. Congressman Fattah is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS). The Subcommittee on CJS oversees close to $70 billion in discretionary spending. Fattah also sits on the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee. Fattah is Co-Chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus, a bipartisan group of 57 Members representing America's metropolitan centers. These Members work collaboratively with other stakeholders to address the unique challenges facing America's urban communities.
Fattah – a longtime leader on urban and educational policy – created GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), which has contributed nearly $2 billion toward the educational advancement of low-income students. Now the largest pre-college awareness program in our nation’s history, GEAR UP has prepared millions of students from America’s inner-cities not only to enter college, but to succeed once there.
Fattah also created the Fattah Conference on Higher Education, which over two decades has made over $33 million in scholarships available to put minority students into graduate school.
He created CORE Philly, the nation’s first scholarship program designed to provide college scholarships to every high school graduate from a given city. Once named by Time Magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders, Fattah has lived up to that promise – leading the fight to provide quality housing to low income families, leading the fight to educate low income students across America, joining the fight to deliver discounted oil to impoverished families, and leading the fight to put the best American leaders in place.