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Jason Smith set to serve as top Republican on House Budget Committee

Jason Smith set to serve as top Republican on House Budget Committee
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Rep. Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithBiden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House GOP raise concerns over Biden's top Cabinet nominees MORE (R-Mo.) is slated to serve as the top Republican on the House Budget Committee next year following a vote by the House GOP Steering Committee on Tuesday.

Smith will replace Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackTrust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Pelosi announces lawmakers will be fined ,000 if they bypass metal detectors to House floor Cori Bush slams lawmakers who refused to go through metal detector outside House chamber MORE (R-Ark.) as the ranking member on the budget panel. The Arkansas Republican opted not to seek another term on the committee after being tapped for a similar post on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government earlier this fall.

Smith, who currently serves as the House GOP conference secretary, decided not to seek another two-year term in leadership so that he could instead run for the ranking member post on the Budget Committee.

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The Missouri Republican, a well-liked member who garnered strong support from GOP leadership, edged out Rep. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Jason Smith set to serve as top Republican on House Budget Committee OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate change a factor in most of the 7,000 natural disasters over last 20 years: UN report | Contentious pipeline can resume construction, regulators decide | California investigators seize PG&E equipment MORE (R-Ohio) despite Johnson's seniority on the committee and his endorsement from Womack.

Smith, who also sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, was first elected to Congress in 2013 and was selected to join the Budget Committee in 2017.

The committee, chaired by Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency Sanders to wield gavel as gatekeeper for key Biden proposals COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year MORE (D-Ky.), oversees the federal budget process and crafts budget resolutions.

As the top Republican on the Budget Committee, Smith would play a key role in any GOP efforts to thwart spending plans by the Biden administration and congressional Democrats.

The Steering Committee’s choices for ranking members are expected to be ratified by the conference in the coming days.