By Molly K. Hooper - 05/06/14 04:33 PM EDT
A senior Republican lawmaker believes he can make a case for taking the top-ranking GOP position on the House Ways and Means Committee over Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTurf battle erupts over hot cyber issue Ryan goes all-in on Puerto Rico Different playbooks for Ryan, McConnell in wild 2016 MORE.
Asked if he could defeat conventional favorite Ryan, Texas Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyInversion rule: latest example of government overreach ‘It’s a King Kong vs. Godzilla kind of race’ Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico defaults on 2M MORE (R) told The Hill that he will "make [his] best case" to the 30-something secretive GOP Steering Committee after the mid-term elections in November.
While Ryan now serves as Budget Committee chairman, Brady heads the Joint Economic Committee and has the likely support of the Texas GOP delegation to succeed outgoing Ways and Means Committee Chairman. Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
Brady considers Ryan a "good friend and terrific leader," but the Texas lawmaker is prepared to fight for a highly coveted gavel should his party retain control of the House.