WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans have recommended committee chairmanships for the new Congress that convenes in January. They want Paul Ryan to head the Budget panel and have proposed seven new faces to head committees, but none of their recommendations are women.
The leaders proposed to waive the GOP's six-year term limit on committee chairmanships so Ryan, the party's losing vice presidential nominee, could return to head the Budget Committee. Several other long-term committee chairmen are being replaced, including Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has led the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, noted that three women had been selected to the party's leadership for next year. They include Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who will be the No. 4 House GOP leader.