Lowey has been described as “courageous” by The New York Times, “terrific” by Newsday, and one of “New York's key Members of Congress” by the New York Daily News. The Journal News called Congresswoman Lowey “one of the most influential Members of Congress.” And Congressional Quarterly cited her as one of the 50 most effective Members of Congress, saying she “maneuvers skillfully through the appropriations process.”
At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Lowey was selected by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. She is the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee.
Few members of Congress have taken key leadership roles on so many vital public policy issues. Lowey has led the effort to make our nation more secure by improving first responders’ preparedness and equipment and preparing for a possible avian flu pandemic. She has worked to increase health care access and biomedical research and spearheaded the effort to more than double funding for breast cancer research. A strong proponent of education, she has successfully fought efforts to cut funding for public broadcasting and has supported fully funding the federal government’s commitment to education at all levels. Because she understands that instability abroad undermines security at home, she is a fierce advocate for increasing developmental assistance abroad on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.