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 WomackPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag MORE (R-Ark.) has won support from the Republican Steering Committee to chair the House Budget Committee, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' The unexpected shadow of 1994, 25 years later Addressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? 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 LaHood58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Dems win nail-biter in charity congressional soccer game 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 HiceHouse conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants House conservatives want information on TSA policies for undocumented immigrants Second Republican blocks disaster aid bill's passage in House 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