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Ryan, GOP leaders discussed removing lawmaker as Appropriations chairman

Ryan, GOP leaders discussed removing lawmaker as Appropriations chairman
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats MORE (R-Wis.) discussed removing Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenBottom line Republican lobbying firms riding high despite uncertainty of 2020 race Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (R) as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee after the New Jersey lawmaker split from the party line and voted against the GOP tax bill.

A Republican leadership aide confirmed to The Hill that Ryan talked with GOP leaders about taking his Appropriations gavel in response to his no vote.

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Ryan talked with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (R-La.) about challenging his chairmanship by requesting a roll call through the Republican steering committee, Politico first reported Monday, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

Scalise stewed over Frelinghuysen's defection from the party line and strongly supported putting his leadership role up to a vote before his Republican colleagues, according to the report.

“Committee chairmen are expected to support the team,” one senior GOP leadership aide told Politico.

“How does he expect to win support for his own bills when he’s unwilling to support the president and Speaker’s number one priority?”

Frelinghuysen, a top Democratic target in 2018, stood out last month as the single House GOP committee chair who voted against the bill out of 21 other panel leaders.

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerWant to prevent Democrat destruction? Save our Senate Joe Biden has long forgotten North Carolina: Today's visit is too late Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told The Hill last month that he had "real problems" with Frelinghuysen’s vote.

“This is a committee chairman who’s going to be pitching some kind of spending thing, and if you can’t get on board and support one of the promises we’ve made to the American people, I have real problems with that,” Walker said in an interview.

A GOP source close to the New Jersey lawmaker also told The Hill last month that Frelinghuysen is not concerned that he would face backlash or calls to resign from GOP leaders.

The source had also said his vote against the bill “was cleared by leadership in advance.”

Frelinghuysen opposed language in the tax bill that eliminated a deduction for state and local taxes and limited a property tax deduction to $10,000.