Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is looking to wield a bigger gavel after the 2014 elections according to The Politico. The current House Budget Committee chairman is eyeing the chairmanship on Ways and Means and possible reasons why:
The move would give Ryan, his party’s 2012 vice presidential candidate and perhaps the most popular Republican in Congress, a prime perch to pursue his long-standing interest in tax and entitlement reform. That could bring a jolt of energy to the push to overhaul the tax code for the first time in a generation, an effort led by Camp that has foundered amid widespread ambivalence among rank-and-file lawmakers.
It also opens the possibility of Congressman Tom Price (R-GA-06) to move into the chairmanship of the House Budget committee:
That would spare House Republican leaders from having to consider giving Ryan what would be a second waiver from their party’s term limit rules so that he can remain Budget chairman in the next Congress. It would also open the top slot on that panel to its second-ranking Republican, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).
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