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July 23, 2014

Kevin Brady Challenging Paul Ryan for Ways and Means Chairmanship

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Brady has put his hat in the ring for the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan has said he wants the Ways and Means Committee gavel next year, but the Wisconsin Republican will face a challenge from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

Brady, the current chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, told columnist Al Hunt in an interview that will air Friday evening that he wants the top slot on the Ways and Means Committee, where he is currently the No. 2 Republican.

Reigning Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., must relinquish his title next year due to term limits.

“He’s a terrific leader, a good friend,” Brady said of Ryan, according to early transcript of a portion of the interview that will air on Bloomberg TV. “But the point is, I’m qualified and prepared to lead this committee. At the right time, I’m going to make that case to my colleagues. This is all about the ideas and how we can move tax reform, trade, entitlement reform forward, so it’s good to have a healthy competition.

“I’m going to be in a position to lead this committee,” Brady continued. “We’ll see how all of it goes. … Hopefully we’re going to present two good choices.”

Ryan’s press office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Unlike the House Democratic Caucus, the House Republican Conference does not place as great a premium on seniority in doling out plum committee leadership assignments, though it does count for something. While Brady is No. 2 on the panel, Ryan comes in just after him at No. 3.

There’s also a sense among House Republicans that because Ryan has a high profile and is well-liked, he can move into whatever job he wants, within reason. That could make any head-to-head race against him a challenge.

  • Jason Millsaps

    Paul Ryan will have it, because Mr. Brady will loose his primary election. He is a career politician who has lost touch with his constituency. I wish Mr. Brady a happy retirement.

    • 2formetoo

      But isn’t Ryan also a career politician who is losing touch?
      I believe a whole NEW leadership is needed in the GOP!!!

  • Softie

    Understanding the ignorance of each of us is vital to understanding the development and benefits of morality, liberty, & civilization.

  • Bundle Up

    Darwin’s theories of evolution were preceded by theories of cultural evolution regarding the relationship of Sanskrit to the Greek language.

  • Bob Stauskas

    Those still preaching from collectivism’s altar have abandoned Marxism for the Fabian strategy of small steps toward centralized control.

  • Ocean Sprayz

    Since civilization’s institutions, such as liberty, can be hard to understand, it is not surprising that some get the itch to attack them.

  • Bitter Cold

    It is impossible to judge another person’s merit correctly unless their knowledge, talents, skills, and intellect are fully understood.

    • KYSTEELGIRL

      It doesn’t take much understanding to SEE what Ryan, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell are trying to do against what is best for Americans…..

  • Raj Err

    Of course, the pressures we all face could not be magically eliminated with a collectivist system in which authority’s orders replace liberty’s responsibility and choices.

  • KYSTEELGIRL

    Paul Ryan is a traitor to our country….think about it…he’s pushing amnesty, he agreed with Murray on a budget that is not good for Americans or the USA, he wants to cut SS…..as I said a traitor

  • KLAUS11

    RYAN IS AN INCOMPETENT POLITICIAN TRYING TO SELL ANMESTY.
    HE IS IN THE POCKETS OF THE PUPPET MASTERS.
    JUST REMEMBER THE BUDGETS HE PROPOSED SOME YEARS AGO, HAS NO INKLING OF MONETARY PLANNING.
    BRADY DOES NOT HAVE THE BRAINS FOR SUCH A POSITION, HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND SIMPLE ECONOMICS NOT TO MENTION HIGH FINANCE.
    THEY BOTH HAVE VIOLATED THEIR OATHS AND MUST GO OR AMERICA GOES (DOWN THE TUBE)
    WHY IS IT THAT THE BIGGEST IDIOTS HANG AROUND THE LONGEST?
    DOES NOT SPEAK WELL FOR THEIR CONSTITUENCY.

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