Ten Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee

Ten Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealThis week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks Dems walk Trump trade tightrope On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada MORE (D-Mass.) announced late Wednesday the names of 10 Democratic lawmakers who have been appointed to the powerful panel, which has jurisdiction over tax, trade and health care issues.

The Democratic lawmakers are: Reps. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreEx-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (Wis.), Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeHollywood stars celebrate #RightToBearArts at DC gala Dems say NYT report on Trump's business losses boosts need to see president's tax returns Rising debt imperils Trump, Dem hopes on infrastructure MORE (Mich.), Brendan Boyle (Pa.), Don Beyer (Va.), Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) Michael EvansTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown Dem leaders fend off calls to impeach Trump MORE (Pa.), Tom Suozzi (N.Y.), Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaPolitical world mourns death of Doris Day Lawmakers pressed to fix tax law glitch Dems set to debate Trump impeachment in post-Mueller era MORE (Calif.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Florida lawmakers push FBI, DHS to declassify names of the two counties hacked by Russia in 2016 Florida governor says Russia hacked two counties in 2016 MORE (Fla.), Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderOmar hits back at Pelosi over BDS remarks Hoyer defends Israel in veiled shot at Omar House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts MORE (Ill.) and Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordDems warn against deporting former Trump golf course workers Ten Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Nevada Democrat calls Trump’s focus on border wall ‘unfortunate and unnecessary’ MORE (Nev.).

They will join the 14 returning House Democrats who have already been serving on the committee.

“Our new members hail from states across the country and bring a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences to our new majority," Neal said in a news release. "Their input will strengthen our work in the coming years to improve Americans’ retirement security, lower health care costs, cut taxes for middle-class families, and modernize our nation’s infrastructure."

Seats on the Ways and Means Committee are highly sought after by lawmakers, because of its jurisdiction on key economic policy issues. 

A group of progressive organizations had made a push for prominent progressive Reps. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row John Cusack calls for Trump's impeachment in Capitol Hill visit MORE (D-Calif.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights Dems eye big infrastructure package, with or without Trump Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes MORE (D-Wash.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) to get seats on the committee.

While none of them did, five of the new members belong to the Congressional Progressive Caucus: Moore, Beyer, Evans, Panetta and Horsford.

Murphy is a co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Democrats, and Schneider is also a member of that group.

None of the new Democratic Ways and Means members are serving their first term in Congress. It is not common for freshmen to get a seat on the panel.