The subcommittees of the powerful Ways and Means Committee saw ashakeup in leadership WednesdayÂ in the wake of formerChairman Paul Ryan beingÂ electedÂ speaker of the House inOctober.
Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi will take over for TexasCongressmanÂ Kevin Brady as the chairman of theSubcommittee on Health, which increased in size by one Republicanand one Democrat. Brady was elected to replace Ryan as chairman ofthe full committee.Â Tiberi said in a statementheÂ plans to take on Medicare reform and worktoÂ dismantle Obamacare.
TheÂ Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures wasrenamed the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, and three spots were addedto the panel — two Republicans and one Democrat. LouisianaRep. Charles Boustany will serve as its top member, taking over forWashington Rep. Dave Reichert.
Boustany said under his leadership heÂ plans to workonÂ simplifying the tax code.
“Its structure favors some over others and its complexityconstitutes a heavy burden on the small businesses and individualswithout an army of accountants to guide them,” he saidÂ in a statement. “Wecan do better.”
Reichert shifted into the top slot on the Subcommittee on Trade,the position formerly held by Tiberi.
“Washington State is one of the most trade-dependentstates in the country with 40 percent of our jobs and more than $90billion in annual exports connected to trade,”heÂ said after the announcement was made. Reichert will alsorejoin the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which he chaired duringthe 113th Congress.
Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam will stay on as chairman oftheÂ influential Subcommittee on Oversight.HeÂ was one of two members who retained their role, theother being 81-year-old Texas Rep.Â Sam Johnson whoserves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security.
Johnson temporarily led the panelÂ while theRepublican Steering Committee searched for a replacement forRyan.
Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida will step into Boustany’sformer role as head of the Subcommittee on HumanResources.Â â€œAs the new chairman, Ilook forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan mannerto make sure ourÂ nationâ€™s welfare laws and safetynet truly help those in need without trapping them in a cycleof poverty,â€ he said in a statement.
OhioÂ Rep. JimÂ Renacci was selected as thethird member of the Ways and Means Committee to also serve on theHouse Budget Committee, joining House Budget Chairman Tom Price andLouisiana Rep. Diane Black.
“These Republican subcommittee chairs and members willplay a crucial role in taking real steps toward fixing ourcountryâ€™s broken tax code, reining in the IRS,reforming the nationâ€™s welfare programs,expanding trade, replacing the Affordable Care Act and savingSocial Security and Medicare for the longterm,â€Â Brady said in his media releaseannouncing the changes.
South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice joined the committee to fill thespot left after Ryan’s departure. He will sit on theOversight, Social Security and Human Resources panels.