This week, Floridas only member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee expanded his portfolio, taking a seat on a congressional subcommittee with jurisdiction over Social Security.
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is moving from chairman of the House Budget Committee to leading Ways and Means, announced his subcommittee assignments. Besides keeping his posts on the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Trade, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., was named to the Subcommittee on Social Security.
The Ways and Means Committee is the main House entity dealing with taxes and tariffs. Unless obtaining special permission from their caucus leadership, members of Ways and Means do not sit on other committees. The Subcommittee on Social Security reviews the Social Security Administrations actions and various Social Security programs.
Ryan named his subcommittee chairs on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, will lead the Subcommittee on Health. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., will chair the Subcommittee on Human Resources. Already part of the House leadership as chief deputy whip, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., will chair the Subcommittee on Oversight. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., will head up the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures while U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, will lead the Subcommittee on Trade. In his new assignment, Buchanan will have U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, as chair of the Subcommittee on Social Security.
The Ways and Means Committee is full of talented men and women, and I have every confidence in our newly elected subcommittee chairs, Ryan said on Thursday. The American people deserve a government that works for them, and our members will do everything they can to help create jobs and build a healthy economy. I look forward to working with all of them next year.
For his part, Buchanan said he was happy with his new assignment and would do his best to use his new post to help seniors.
I am honored to be named to such an important subcommittee, Buchanan said on Friday. Protecting Social Security has always been one of my highest priorities. Seniors have worked their entire lives with the promise of a safe retirement. Thats a promise we must always keep.
Earlier this week, the House passed Johnsons bill, which Buchanan co-sponsored, denying Social Security benefits to Nazi war criminals who moved to the U.S. after World War II.
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