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GOP's Ryan to face challenge for House Ways and Means Committee chair

GOP's Ryan to face challenge for House Ways and Means Committee chair
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, speaks during a news conference about a new report from the GOP members of the Joint Economic Committee saying that countries which reduce their debt and deficit grow jobs faster than countries that rely on more government spending on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 15, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Texas congressman Friday said he would challenge Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for the chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee next year.

The committee's top job will be open when current Chairman Dave Camp. R-Mich., steps down because of term limits, Roll Call said.

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Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas is the second-ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, which handles tax-writing and budget duties in Congress. He also heads the Joint Economic Committee.

Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is third-ranking Republican on the committee and was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012.

"He's a terrific leader, a good friend," Brady said of Ryan in an interview with columnist Al Hunt to be broadcast on Bloomberg TV, Roll Call reported. "But the point is, I'm qualified and prepared to lead this committee."

Roll Call obtained a transcript of the interview.

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