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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 SmithDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Death should not be a taxable event — it's time to end the estate tax 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 WomackPentagon considers ending massive computing contract: report Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots 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 JohnsonSix ways to visualize a divided America Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results 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 YarmuthDemocrats see political winner in tax fight McConnell knocks Kentucky Democrat over support for nixing filibuster Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP 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.