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GOP budget chair may not finish her term

GOP budget chair may not finish her term
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House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackGOP lawmaker, candidate for governor cancels NFL season tickets over protests Ex-EPA heads urge Pruitt to scrap changes to truck pollution rule Protecting nurses’ conscience: a non-negotiable in the final FY 2018 spending bill MORE (R-Tenn.) might not finish out her congressional term as she focuses on her run for governor, according to a report in The Tennessean confirmed by The Hill.

“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Black was quoted as saying at a gubernatorial candidate forum at Nashville’s Tennessee State Fair.

Black added that she’s still hoping to pass a 2018 budget resolution through the House, but a whip count last week did not turn up the necessary votes. 

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The conservative House Freedom Caucus is withholding its support from the budget because they want more details on the plan for tax reform.

“I’m still doing what I promised I would do and that’s to try to get the budget across the line,” Black said. “It’s out of my committee, but I feel obligated to continue to work to get that done and we’re working on that right now.”

Black was expected to step down from her chairmanship after the resolution passed, and the competition to replace her as Budget chair is already in full swing. 

In August, The Hill reported that Reps. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackCBO projects booming deficits Armed Services panel sets schedule for consideration of defense policy bill Sales tax battle moves to the Supreme Court MORE (R-Ark.) Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallMcConnell, Schumer tap colleagues to explore budget reform Ryan, Pelosi name members to new budget and pension committees House GOP pushes hard-line immigration plan as Senate deals fail MORE (R-Ga.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) were the central players on the committee seeking the gavel.