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Richard Corcoran expects budget chair Carlos Trujillo to remain in place through Session

House Speaker Richard Corcoran expects to get through the 60-day Legislative Session without losing his budget chairman.

Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican overseeing his final session, said Wednesday the pace of congressional confirmation should allow House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo to remain in his seat into March.

“I was with him last night, I talked to him this morning, and it looks very favorable that he’ll be with us the entire session,” Corcoran told The News Service of Florida. “His nomination is with four others, and one of them is a sticking point, and they’re going as a package. It’s all about gamesmanship.”

Trujillo was appointed in October by President Donald Trump as U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States. At the time, Trujillo said upon confirmation he would resign his House District 105 seat, which represents parts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties.

Trujillo, 34, also announced he would withdraw from his law firm, Trujillo, Vargas, Gonzalez & Hevia.

Trujillo, who had a Nov. 30 confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee, awaits full U.S. Senate approval.

An early Trump supporter, Trujillo had been named in August as a U.S. representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

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