By Theodoric Meyer
JENKINS AIDE HEADS TO CHAMBER HILL: Eric Schmutz, a former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), is joining Chamber Hill Strategies as a principal. Before heading to Jenkins’ office in 2009, he worked for HUD. Jenkins, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has said she won’t run for reelection.
Schmutz plans to focus initially on health care, he said in an interview after stepping out from the Ways and Means Committee’s markup of the Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill. How does he see the bill moving forward amid significant opposition from the most conservative Republicans? “The advice I would give my colleagues is to be prepared for anything,” Schmutz said. “Every avenue of it is under discussion. … A major bill like this isn’t going to happen until it does happen.”