United States Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has been selected as the new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. Brady, the ten-term member from The Woodlands, Texas, replaces Paul Ryan who took the position as speaker of the House.

Upon winning the position, Brady announced his goal of advancing a pro-growth agenda that included taking steps toward fixing the broken tax code, reforming welfare, saving Social Security and Medicare for the long-term and enlarging America’s economic freedom to trade.

Commenting on Brady’s new position, Orrin Hatch, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee stated, “As a long serving member of the Ways and Means Committee, Kevin brings a wealth of necessary experience to write, negotiate, and ultimately make pro‐growth laws that will enhance opportunities for American families and job creators.”

Under the Constitution, all tax bills must originate in the House of Representatives. The Ways and Means Committee currently consists of 39 members. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), a former tax attorney, was selected to join the committee in the vacancy left by Ryan’s departure.

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