“Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team recently discussed replacing” Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) as House Appropriations chairman “after he bucked the party and voted against the GOP tax bill,” according to “multiple sources.” Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise “over the Thanksgiving recess considered calling up the GOP steering committee charged with selecting chairmen to force a roll call on whether Frelinghuysen should maintain his position. Scalise, three sources said, pushed hard for the move.” (Politico)
As a high-tax state, New Jersey would be adversely affected by the plan in the GOP tax bill to scrap the SALT deduction. Frelinghuysen faces his first serious reelection challenge in 2018 in his northern New Jersey district. Ex-Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill (D) and international divorce coach Tamara Harris (D) are among those running against him.