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 BradyHouse GOP bill a mixed bag for retirement savers China imposes new tariffs on billion of US goods: report Trump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods 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 TiberiHow the Trump tax law passed: Breaking the gridlock  AP: Balderson wins hotly contested Ohio special election House Dems to invest in South Carolina race 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 RoskamMillionaires group endorses Dem House candidates opposed to GOP tax law Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker Trump's woman problem may cost the GOP the House 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 JenkinsSentencing reform is critical for youth in the justice system Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket 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 ReichertElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Democrat Kim Schrier advances in Washington primary Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process MORE (R-Wash.) will continue to lead the trade panel, Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonMay brings key primaries across nation Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Watchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months 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.