Paul Ryan Poised to Seize Ways and Means Prize

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, speaks after a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

For most members of Congress, the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee is the ultimate prize, a treasure trove of power and campaign cash cracked open after decades in the trenches.

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