Womack wins initial support to become Budget chairman

Womack wins initial support to become Budget chairman
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Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackBudget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Senate chairman urges move to two-year budgetary process On The Money: Senate passes first 2019 spending bill | Trump hits Harley-Davidson in tariffs fight | Mnuchin rips report of investment restrictions | Justices side with American Express in antitrust case MORE (R-Ark.) has won support from the Republican Steering Committee to chair the House Budget Committee, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.) announced Tuesday evening.

If approved by the full GOP conference, Womack will replace budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R), who is stepping down from the post to focus on her 2018 bid for Tennessee governor.

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The Steering Committee, a powerful panel of leadership allies led by Ryan, also recommended that Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodDems win nail-biter in charity congressional soccer game Overnight Cybersecurity: Tech execs testify on countering extremist content | House approves cyber diplomacy bill | Pentagon reportedly mulling nuclear response to cyberattacks Womack wins initial support to become Budget chairman MORE (R-Ill.) replace retiring Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiNational Dems make play in Ohio special election Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas More than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents MORE (R-Ohio) on the Ways and Means Committee, the influential tax-writing panel announced Tuesday.

And Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceHouse Freedom Caucus roiled by Trump's attacks on Mark Sanford Conservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill House conservatives introduce resolution calling for second special counsel MORE (R-Ga.) was endorsed by the Steering Committee to replace former Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksFreedom Caucus members see openings in leadership AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Jordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain MORE (R-Ariz.) on the Armed Services Committee, a source told The Hill.

Womack, a leadership ally who was part of the 2010 class that took back the majority, was a favorite for the coveted gavel. Former Republican Study Committee Chairman Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) were also vying for the spot.

“I believe Steve Womack is the right man for the job of chairman of the Budget Committee,” Ryan said in a statement. “Steve’s experience in the House, commitment to fiscal conservatism, and relentless pursuit to safeguard taxpayer dollars make him extremely qualified to lead this important committee.”

The next Budget chairman is expected to play an integral role in shaping the GOP’s 2018 agenda.

Ryan has suggested Republicans could use the budget reconciliation process this year to pass welfare or entitlement reforms. To do that, however, Republicans will need to craft and pass identical budget resolutions in both the House and Senate — a feat many in the party see as difficult to achieve in a tough election year.

— Scott Wong contributed