House Budget Chairwoman Resigns In Order To Run For Governor

Diane Black (R-Tenn.) who is a chairmen of House Budget Committee said this Wednesday that she will resign as soon as successor is picked The Hill reports. Black is running in the 2018 Tennessee governor’s race. However the lawmaker’s office on the issue commented that Diane plans to remain in Congress.

“It has been an honor to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, working alongside members this year to recommend responsible and balanced policies for building a better America, I am very proud of the hard work of our members and all we accomplished, especially offering real reforms for mandatory programs and unlocking pro-growth tax reform,” Diane Black said in a statement.

“Black took the lead on a budget resolution which called for cuts to mandatory spending and paved the way for tax legislation. The House approved the measure, though it ultimately adopted the Senate’s resolution. In an op-ed on Fox News’s website, Black encouraged future Congresses to reduce mandatory spending.

“It is now up to the U.S. Senate and future Congresses to follow our lead on mandatory spending,” she said.

“If we don’t address mandatory spending programs, our country is headed for a sovereign debt crisis — and believe me, this crisis is closer than most will admit.”

Under GOP rules, committee chairs are generally expected to vacate those positions if they run for outside office. But Black continued to serve in the position following her governor’s campaign announcement in August in order to steer the House through the passage of the budget resolution.”

Besides being the chairmen of the Budget Committee, Diane Black also was a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. The House Republican Steering Committee that is assembled by the House GOP leadership and regional representatives will be choosing the new chairmen.

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