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GOP delays votes on committee chairmen
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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are choosing new leaders for several important congressional committees, but the process is taking a little longer than expected.

A House leadership panel was scheduled to vote on committee chairmen Monday, but some members experienced weather delays returning to the capital.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said the panel will instead vote on committee chairmen Tuesday.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is aiming to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. The post could give Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Ryan faces competition from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, though the two have waged a friendly campaign.

Republicans also are choosing a new chairman for the House Oversight Committee. The head of the panel traditionally acts as a chief antagonist for a president from the opposing party.

Four Republicans are vying for the post: Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. John Mica of Florida, and Rep. Mike Turner, also from Ohio.

The current Oversight chairman, Republican Darrell Issa of California, is stepping down because Republicans impose term limits on committee chairmen.

Led by Boehner, the House GOP steering committee chooses most committee chairmen. The entire House Republican conference later approves the panel's choices, though the vote is usually a formality.