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Rep. Bill Pascrell named chair of House oversight panel

Rep. Bill Pascrell named chair of House oversight panel
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Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats express concerns about IRS readiness for next year's filing season Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy Trump's COVID-19 case draws new attention to handling of pandemic MORE (D-N.J.) on Tuesday was selected to lead the House Ways and Means Committee's oversight subcommittee for the remainder of this Congress, succeeding the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisNY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: 'You would think he was a gentleman' Washington flooded with Women's March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote HBCU in Alabama renames hall named after KKK leader MORE (D-Ga.) in the position.

The Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee chose Pascrell to be chair of the subcommittee, which is tasked with conducting oversight on tax, trade and health issues.

Pascrell said in a statement that it is "an enormous honor and responsibility" to follow Lewis in the position. He also said that as subcommittee chair he plans to focus on investigating the Trump administration.

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"Exposing the public and private corruption left in the wake of the Trump government will take all the labor of cleaning up after the circus leaves town," Pascrell said. "I’m eager to grab a shovel and get to work.”

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealDemocrats express concerns about IRS readiness for next year's filing season On The Money: Kudlow confident that Trump can 'round up' Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes to record .1T Top Democrat: Tax credit expansions must be in next coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Mass.) said that he has "full confidence that Rep. Pascrell will work tirelessly to ensure the Trump Administration is implementing the laws under Ways and Means’ jurisdiction efficiently and according to congressional intent." 

Pascrell was first elected to Congress in 1996 and is a longtime member of the Ways and Means Committee. He has been one of the leaders of Democrats' efforts to obtain President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE's tax returns.

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins Democrats preview strategy on Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week MORE (D-La.) will fill the opening on the full Ways and Means Committee that occurred following Lewis's death in July.