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 RyanRepublicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown Trump: 'No doubt' we'll make a deal on healthcare Overnight Finance: WH wants to slash billions | Border wall funding likely on hold | Wells Fargo to pay 0M over unauthorized accounts | Dems debate revamping consumer board MORE.
Asked if he could defeat conventional favorite Ryan, Texas Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyGOP torn over what to do next Republicans vote to block resolutions on Trump's tax returns House GOP insists: We’re not giving up on ObamaCare repeal 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.