The House GOP’s top tax writer doesn’t just face blowback over the surprise deal he unveiled this month: Now the background chatter suggests Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) could lose his gavel.
Why it matters: Senior Republican sources said Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) — who narrowly lost a heated three-way race for the position in 2023 — has been urged to challenge House Ways and Means chairman for the top job.
GOP critics said key members weren’t consulted on negotiations. Some members learned of the deal on social media, a senior committee source told Axios.
“I don’t know who the f*** he’s dealing with,” one lawmaker told Axios. “How does Jason Smith announce the deal before the speaker knows about it?”
“Jason negotiated with the Senate and the Dems. For some reason Republicans weren’t included in his negotiation,” the lawmaker said.
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