Brady to Chair House Ways and Means, Tiberi Remains Trade Panel Head
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has been selected to replace new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Brady got the nod over Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chair Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, who will retain that position. Press reports note that Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., will replace Ryan as a member of the Ways and Means Committee but that his position on the Trade Subcommittee has not yet been filled.
Brady, a ten-term member who has chaired the Trade Subcommittee as well, said he will work to advance Ryan’s “pro-growth agenda” as committee head. He singled out tax code, welfare, and Social Security and Medicare reforms, as well as “expanding America’s ability to sell our products around the world,” as his priorities and indicated that he hopes to work with Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, D-Mich., to achieve these goals. Tiberi noted that he shares Brady’s goal of “passing pro-growth legislation that provides certainty for employers and families.”
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the two trade committees have “a long and storied history of working together to drive a strong economic, trade and health policy agenda” and that he particularly wants to focus on making “responsible tax relief permanent” and “reform[ing] our broken entitlement programs.”