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 NealMnuchin refuses to testify at hearing on shutdown impacts On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction House chairman calls for Mnuchin to testify on shutdown's economic effects 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 MooreTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee The 116th Congress can improve Medicare and Social Security Time is money: Let’s open Social Security field offices, not close them MORE (Wis.), Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Michigan congressman says Flint's water still not safe to drink Graham: Trump's AG nominee Barr will let Mueller probe finish 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 PanettaTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee House lawmakers look to reassure Australia after Mattis resignation Democrats with military background offer support for Pelosi MORE (Calif.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyTrump snubs highlight Pelosi’s grip on Dems On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Democrats turn down White House invitation for shutdown talks MORE (Fla.), Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Here are the lawmakers who will forfeit their salaries during the shutdown Kavanaugh nomination a make or break moment to repeal Citizens United MORE (Ill.) and Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee Nevada Democrat calls Trump’s focus on border wall ‘unfortunate and unnecessary’ The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi to reclaim Speakership amid shutdown 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 proposes Trump, Congress hire mediators to resolve shutdown Blue states buck Trump to expand health coverage Ocasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate MORE (D-Calif.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalWomen's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC MoveOn leaders stepping down before 2020 election Blue states buck Trump to expand health coverage MORE (D-Wash.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction The battle of energy-economic narratives is tainting the Green New Deal Ocasio-Cortez: 'At what point is Fox News obligated to not lie?' 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.