Rep. Reed to be next Ways and Means Committee member

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) next week will be appointed as the next Ways and Means Committee member. Reed will be the only New York Republican on the committee and will join Democratic New Yorkers Charles Rangel and Joseph Crowley.

Reed will replace Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who was appointed to the Senate after Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) resigned earlier this year under the pressure of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The committee was looking into ethics violations stemming from Ensign's affair with the wife of a former staffer.

House Republicans are expected to ratify the decision to add Reed to the committee on Tuesday.

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