GOP committee chairman meets with Pence on taxes and healthcare

GOP committee chairman meets with Pence on taxes and healthcare
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyLawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families How centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment On The Money: Senate passes first spending package as shutdown looms | Treasury moves to roll back Obama rules on offshore tax deals | Trade deal talks manage to weather Trump impeachment storm MORE (R-Texas) met with Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFive bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony 2019 Louisiana governor's race spells disaster for Trump in 2020 House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues MORE and other transition officials on Tuesday about the panel's work on tax reform and repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

"I enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with Vice President-elect Pence today about our work and our strong commitment to solving serious problems," Brady said in a statement.

Brady added that the conversation was "very positive and exciting" and that he is working to ensure that the Ways and Means Committee is "ready to hit the ground running on President-elect Trump’s top priorities."

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The meeting with Pence comes after Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee met in Washington last week to further their tax and healthcare work. On tax reform, the committee is working to create legislation that is based on a blueprint House Republicans released in June. 

Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertLymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem Yoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm MORE (R-Wash.), chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee on trade, was also at the meeting in Washington with Pence and Brady. Reichert's office said that the trade agenda in the upcoming Congress was also a topic of conversation.

"I am looking forward to continuing an open and direct dialogue with Mr. Pence and the Trump Administration as we move into 2017," Reichert said. "I am confident that by putting America first through high-standard trade agreements, we will not only maintain our role as a world economic leader, but we will strengthen our national security and open doors for countless entrepreneurs and workers.”

- updated at 2:34 p.m.