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 BradyTreasury to miss Dem deadline for Trump tax returns Treasury expected to miss Dem deadline on Trump tax returns Mnuchin tells Congress it's 'premature' to talk about Trump tax returns decision 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 TiberiOhio New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress GOP Rep. Balderson holds onto seat in Ohio 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 RoskamBlue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try Illinois Dems offer bill to raise SALT deduction cap Illinois New Members 2019 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 JenkinsPompeo seen as top recruit for Kansas Senate seat Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch GOP seeks to ram through Trump’s B wall demand 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 ReichertYoder, Messer land on K Street Ex-GOP lawmaker from Washington joins lobbying firm Outgoing GOP rep says law enforcement, not Congress should conduct investigations MORE (R-Wash.) will continue to lead the trade panel, Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonTexas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress May brings key primaries across nation MORE (R-Texas) will continue to lead the Social Security panel and Rep. Adrian SmithAdrian Michael SmithTrump approves Nebraska disaster declaration Nebraska lawmakers urge Trump to approve disaster funding New chairmen named for health, tax subcommittees 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.