New chairmen named for health, tax subcommittees

New chairmen named for health, tax subcommittees
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Three of the House Ways and Means Committee's six subcommittees will have new chairmen for 2018, Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyConservatives eye new tax cut for capital gains Former Bush adviser joining Ways and Means Committee in key staff role Some doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP MORE (R-Texas) announced Wednesday.

The health, tax and oversight subcommittees will all have new leadership this year, in light of Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiTiberi endorses would-be successor ahead of GOP primary Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Dems look to Ohio for another election upset MORE's (R-Ohio) departure from Congress to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable. Tiberi had been chairman of the health panel.

Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamBiz group launches bus tour to promote GOP tax law GOP House super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads GOP authors of tax law double down in campaigns MORE (R-Ill.), will be the new health subcommittee chairman. He had previously led the tax-policy subcommittee as Republicans worked last year to pass their tax-cut bill.

Roskam is also being targeted by Democrats in the midterm elections, with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report calling his seat a toss-up.

“I’m honored to be named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health at this critical time for thoughtful health policy,” Roskam said. “Our healthcare system has been broken for many years, and it’s important that we get this right."

Rep. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R-Fla.) was named the new chairman of the tax-policy subcommittee. He previously led the oversight subcommittee and has been pushing to reform the IRS in the wake of the tax law's enactment.

Rep. Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsLawmakers seek answers from IRS following Tax Day systems glitch ‘Let food be thy medicine’ Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans MORE (R-Kan.), who is retiring from Congress at the end of her term, was named the new leader of the oversight subcommittee.

The remaining three Ways and Means subcommittees will keep the same chairmen they had last year.

Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertMajor GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks 107 House Republicans express 'deep concern' about Trump tariffs MORE (R-Wash.) will continue to lead the trade panel, Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonLoss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Watchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months Five things to watch for in Texas primaries MORE (R-Texas) will continue to lead the Social Security panel and Rep. Adrian SmithAdrian Michael SmithNew chairmen named for health, tax subcommittees GOP rep avoids saying whether every American is entitled to eat Thanksgiving weekend wedding bells ring for congressman MORE (R-Neb.) will continue to lead the human resources panel. Reichert and Johnson are both retiring from Congress at the end of the year.