Mica drops Transportation Committee waiver bid, supports Shuster

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In a letter to House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio), Mica said he accepts the decision to only give such a waiver to Rep. 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.). Ryan is being given a waiver to remain chairman of the House Budget Committee after his unsuccessful vice-presidential run.

"I accept the Republican Conference vote last week to continue counting ranking-member service toward full committee service as well as the ruling to not grant waivers, with the exception of Mr. Ryan," Mica wrote. "As you consider filling positions, I want to urge your consideration of Mr. Bill Shuster to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Bill has served in two subcommittee leadership positions and he has both the experience and ability to assume this important position for our conference."

Shuster has been widely expected to replace Mica atop the Transportation Committee next year, and he has already formally declared his candidacy.