Black plans to keep Budget chair ‘for the time being’

Black plans to keep Budget chair ‘for the time being’
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House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBrady at White House meeting: House to vote on more tax cuts in September GOP lawmaker introduces legislation labelling first-time illegal border crossing as a felony Scalise throws support behind Black, Blackburn ahead of Tennessee primary MORE (R-Tenn.) is intent on maintaining her chairmanship despite announcing plans Wednesday to run for governor in her home state.

“She will remain chairman for the time being and is focused on getting this budget across the finish line,” a spokesman for Black said.

But a 2014 GOP rule named for House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (R-Wis.) would prohibit Black from staying in the position while running for outside office unless she obtains a waiver.

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Black ushered the House Budget resolution through the committee, but so far has not garnered enough support to pass it on the House floor.

It is unclear exactly when she would be required to give up her gavel. The House is in recess until September, and the Republican Steering Committee, which makes the call on waivers and new chairmen, will also be out until then. 

Other committee members are already eyeing the position, with Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonGreens win court case seeking stronger air pollution rules for brick makers Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks Arizona men charged with operating scam PACs MORE (R-Ohio) seeking to take over.

Another committee member, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), also floated the possibility of getting the gavel.

"If my colleagues think having a Ph.D. in economics on the budget would be good for our country, I would be happy to serve," he said.

— Scott Wong contributed to this report.