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 BlackThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now House to vote on budget next week Blackburn says she's interested in Corker's seat 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 RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term 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 Johnson (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.