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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 PascrellNew report reignites push for wealth tax House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe US files first trade complaint against Mexico over tampered union vote at GM plant 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 LewisGarland vows fight against voting limits that violate law Black Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Manchin insists he supports voting rights — we'll see 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 NealIreland, loved by Biden, is obstacle to tax deal Bottom line On The Money: Inside Biden's T budget | Key inflation metric higher than expected 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 TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE's tax returns.

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations Buttigieg acknowledges 'daylight' between White House, GOP on infrastructure MORE (D-La.) will fill the opening on the full Ways and Means Committee that occurred following Lewis's death in July.