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 WomackOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Deficits to average record .3 trillion over next decade: CBO MORE (R-Ark.) has won support from the Republican Steering Committee to chair the House Budget Committee, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy 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 LaHoodBlagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' Illinois GOP House delegation blasts Blagojevich commutation: 'The face of public corruption' MORE (R-Ill.) replace retiring Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiOhio New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress GOP Rep. Balderson holds onto seat in Ohio MORE (R-Ohio) on the Ways and Means Committee, the influential tax-writing panel announced Tuesday.

And Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceTop conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill GOP lawmaker requests information on release of inmates in New York Top GOP post on Oversight draws stiff competition MORE (R-Ga.) was endorsed by the Steering Committee to replace former Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership 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