House GOP Works to Restore Reputation of Ways and Means

Monday, 24 Jan 2011 04:30 PM

By Dan Weil

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The Ways and Means Committee was arguably the House’s strongest panel until it was laid low by the lengthy ethics investigation of former Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. But now Republicans are working to re-establish the committee’s luster, The Hill reports.

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“Under new Republican leadership, lawmakers expect Ways and Means to get back on track and reestablish the panel's power by holding hearings, conducting oversight and crafting legislation on a broad range of issues, including a federal tax code overhaul, completing pending free trade agreements and repealing provisions of the healthcare law,” the news service states.

Ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took power away from the panel. But "that's going to change under [Ways and Means Chairman] Dave Camp [R-Mich.], because he's going to be a very strong leader and under [Speaker] John Boehner because he respects the expertise of the committee," panel member Kevin Brady, R-Texas, third seniority on the panel behind Camp, tells The Hill. "I see jurisdiction being restored and defended very strongly and very aggressively."

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