A battle for the No. 4 leadership post of conference chair is the most competitive. Vice Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington is pitted against Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia. They are vying to succeed Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who is expected to ascend to the top GOP post on the Financial Services Committee.Contests are also under way for conference vice chairman and secretary. Others are maneuvering for the top seats on these committees: Foreign Affairs; Homeland Security; Science; and Budget (if Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin becomes vice president or steps down because of term limits). By contrast, the top spots on the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Rules and Transportation panels are believed to be all but sewn up.
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