• Moving On Up to the Means Side? Ryan Seeks Ways and Means Chairmanship
  • February 28, 2014
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office
  • In the wake of brokering a bipartisan budget deal with Senator Patty Murry (D-Wash.), Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), current chair of the Budget Committee, already has set his sights on a new position: Chairman of Ways and Means. Representative Dave Camp’s (R-Mich.) term as Chairman will expire after 2014 because of House Republicans’ caucus chairman term limits. When Rep. Ryan was asked of his aspiration to succeed Rep. Camp, Rep. Ryan simply stated, “That’s my plan.” Of course, his plan is contingent on Republicans retaining control of the House after the mid-term election in 2014.

    As previously discussed here, the recent budget deal did not contain any tax provisions. However, the absence of a tax provision in the deal did not mark the end of Rep. Ryan’s involvement with tax reform. On Tuesday, he indicated that tax reform is still on his legislative radar, stating, “We will make the case to the country that lower tax rates across the country for families and businesses are the key” to economic growth and job creation.