Trade panel gets new chairman

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is the new chairman of the Ways and Means Committee's Trade panel, committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced Tuesday.

Nunes replaces Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is taking over the powerful Health subcommittee from retired Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.). Nunes's panel is gearing up for a busy trade agenda this year, including the renewal of “fast-track” trade negotiation authority for President Obama, trade talks with the European Union and possibly finishing up the multi-year Trans-Pacific Partnership talks with 10 U.S. trading partners, including Canada and Mexico.

“I congratulate the new and returning Chairmen of each of the subcommittees,” Camp said in a statement. “The Committee faces a very busy Congress as we work to make our economy stronger and healthier. Achieving that goal includes making the tax code simpler and fairer; aggressively pursuing new opportunities in the global marketplace while holding our trading partners accountable; and protecting, preserving and prolonging the life of our entitlement programs while reducing their costs to hardworking taxpayers.”

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