Minnesota Republican named new chairman of Joint Economic Committee

Minnesota Republican named new chairman of Joint Economic Committee
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Wis.) announced Thursday that he is appointing Rep. Erik PaulsenErik Philip PaulsenGOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums Overnight Health Care: Kentucky gov cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits | Collins voices skepticism court will overturn Roe v. Wade | Dems press 'middlemen' on drug costs July vote to repeal medical device tax may bolster vulnerable GOP lawmaker MORE (R-Minn.) to be the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) — a new job for a lawmaker who is being targeted by Democrats in the midterm elections.

"As Congress works to write laws that boost our nation’s economy, Erik’s vast experience working on tax and economic matters will serve the committee and the Congress well,” Ryan said in a statement.

The JEC is tasked with analyzing economic conditions and making recommendations about how to improve the economy. The panel consists of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate, and chairmanship of the panel alternates between the two chambers.

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Paulsen said that in the position he will work to boost job creation and growth in workers' salaries.

“The JEC has a long history of bringing together the best ideas from both parties and both chambers to advise Congress on how to grow our economy and promote trade, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity for all Americans, and I look forward to leading these discussions in my new role,” he said.

Paulsen will succeed Rep. Pat TiberiPatrick (Pat) Joseph TiberiNational Dems make play in Ohio special election Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas More than 50 Dem House challengers outraise GOP incumbents MORE (R-Ohio) as chairman of the JEC. Tiberi is leaving Congress this month to take a job leading the Ohio Business Roundtable.

After Tiberi, Paulsen was the most senior House Republican on the JEC. He is also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which took the lead on the tax-cut bill that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE signed into law last month.

Paulsen is on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's list of targets for 2018. His district, which includes suburbs of Minneapolis, voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE over Trump in 2016. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the district "lean Republican."