Black remains as House Budget Committee chair — at least until September

House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is intent on maintaining her chairmanship despite announcing plans Wednesday to run for governor in her home state, reports The Hill.

“She will remain chairman for the time being and is focused on getting this budget across the finish line,” a spokesman for Black said.

But a 2014 GOP rule named for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would prohibit Black from staying in the position while running for outside office unless she obtains a waiver.

Black ushered the House Budget resolution through the committee, but so far has not garnered enough support to pass it on the House floor.

It is unclear exactly when she would be required to give up her gavel. The House is in recess until September, and the Republican Steering Committee, which makes the call on waivers and new chairmen, will also be out until then.

Other committee members are already eyeing the position, with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) seeking to take over. Another committee member, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), also floated the possibility of getting the gavel.

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