By Keith Laing
Mica has not said much about his future on the Transportation Committee publicly, but he won reelection to an 11th term on Tuesday. House rules implemented by the GOP call for lawmakers to step down after six years as ranking member or chairman of a particular committee, unless they are given a waiver by leadership.
Republicans have already indicated they are planning to issue such a waiver for unsuccessful GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to remain in charge of the House Budget Committee. Mica is said to be considering making a similiar request himself.
“The next Congress is going to have to consider a highway bill ... (the Passenger Rail Investment Act) will have to be reauthorized and we’ll have to do a water bill, which hasn’t been authorized,” Shuster said. “It’s good to be a very, very busy committee.”
Shuster said his bid to assume the helm of the committee was not a “done deal,” but he expressed confidence that he would have the votes of the lower chamber’s GOP caucus.
“I’ve been reaching out to colleagues and leadership to gauge support, and the response has been very encouraging,” Shuster said.
“Hopefully the conference will confirm that I’m up to challenge and honor me” with the panel’s gavel, Shuster said.