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 NealThe retirement crisis is real Just one in five expect savings from Trump tax law: poll On The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO 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 KildeeOn The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks Dem rep: Congress may need to subpoena Boeing Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets 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 PanettaLawmakers propose bill to end fed agency's deadly experiments on kittens Koch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Overnight Defense: US reportedly easing demands over North Korean nukes | Trump optimistic for deal | Dems rip plan to use military funds for wall | Pentagon urges India, Pakistan to calm tensions MORE (Calif.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyKoch-backed group pushes for new limits on Trump's tariff authority Gay Florida teen kicked out of home lands internship with Dem congresswoman Dems struggle to unify after GOP embarrasses them on procedure 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 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) KhannaOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (D-Calif.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOn The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks House Dems reintroduce the Dream Act MORE (D-Wash.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Boeing debacle shows need to investigate Trump-era corruption Beto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money 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.