Ohio Republican to join House Ways and Means Committee

Ohio Republican to join House Ways and Means Committee
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Rep. Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupOvernight Defense: Bolton, GOP senators see close ties challenged | Republicans fume over Dem maneuver on Iran bills |Trump criticizes Democrats over war powers vote GOP fumes over Democrats' maneuver for bringing up Iran bills Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment MORE (R-Ohio) has been recommended to fill an open seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, joining the powerful panel with jurisdiction over tax, trade and health matters.

The House Republican Steering Committee has recommended Wenstrup for the panel, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOfficials sound alarm over virus relief check scams Mnuchin says Social Security recipients will automatically get coronavirus checks Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing MORE (R-Texas) announced Wednesday. Wenstrup replaces Rep. Pat MeehanPatrick (Pat) Leo MeehanBottom line Freshman lawmaker jokes about pace of Washington politics Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress MORE (R-Pa.), who resigned from Congress last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.

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Wenstrup has a background that could be useful to the committee as it tackles health-related issues. He has a medical degree and serves in the Army Reserves, treating patients at Walter Reed National Medical Center. He also has been serving as chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health.

He said in a statement that he is "eager to work with Chairman Brady and the Committee to fight for the doctor-patient relationship in health care, improve our programming to help more people rise from poverty, expand economic opportunities for all, and advance America’s free enterprise leadership in the world."

Brady praised the selection of Wenstrup.

“Dr. Wenstrup is an excellent choice to join our Committee. A decorated war veteran, small business owner, and doctor, Brad brings proven dedication to our country and invaluable experience to the team," Brady said in a statement. "I am excited to welcome Brad aboard as we take action to combat the opioid crisis, help move people off the sidelines and back into the workforce, and build upon tax reform to accelerate our economy.”

-updated at 1:21 p.m.