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Shuster officially seeks chairmanship

Published by Tim McNulty on .

U.S. House leaders seem poised to allow Paul Ryan to remain as budget chair despite internal GOP caucus rules that should term limit him. Might the same kind of waiver affect Bill Shuster? He wants to take the transportation chairmanship his dad Bud once held, but John Mica of Florida currently holds it despite the same term limit rules.

Shuster has gone ahead to seek the post, Jon Schmitz reports:

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster today said he hopes to be named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position formerly held by his father.

In a letter to fellow Republicans, Mr. Shuster, of Blair County, said in his 11 years on the committee he has "demonstrated inclusive leadership and achieved a strong record of accomplishments."

"Transportation is essential to our economy and our future," he wrote. "I am focused on continuing to work together to promote competitiveness and economic growth, reform programs, focus our resources where they are needed most, and better manage our Federal assets."

Mr. Shuster's father, E.G. "Bud" Shuster, led the committee from 1995 to 2001. The current chairman, Rep. John Mica of Florida, is prohibited from another term by GOP term limit rules for committee chairs.

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