The House Financial Services and House Ways and Means committees are set to add 13 new Republicans, the chairmen of the panels announced late Wednesday and early Thursday.
Those members were recommended to their new posts by the Republican Steering Committee, a panel of GOP leadership, chairmen and members selected by seniority and region. The full House Republican conference is almost certain to approve those recommendations Friday morning.
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“I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to pass laws that promote a dynamic economy with more jobs, higher wages and greater economic freedom for all Americans,” said Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) in a Thursday statement announcing the new members. “Our committee will continue to develop bold, forward-looking plans that hold Washington and Wall Street accountable, end taxpayer-funded bailouts and protect consumer choice.
Along with Schweikert, the Ways and Means Committee will add two new Republicans: Reps. Jackie Walorski (Ind.) and Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), the panel announced Wednesday night.
Schweikert, a member of the conservative hardliner Freedom Caucus, was booted from the Financial Services Committee in 2012 by former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for bucking Republican leadership.
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Schweikert’s elevation to Ways and Means, one of the most powerful committees, shows House Speaker Paul Ryan’s outreach to the Freedom Caucus, which claimed they were marginalized and ignored under Boehner.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), a fellow Freedom member, will also join the House Rules Committee, another powerful panel that controls how the House considers legislation.
2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski is joining the oldest committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The third-term Republican from South Bend joins David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) as newly-minted Republicans in the influential Ways and Means Committee.
The Ways and Means Committee is a bipartisan committee that addresses revenue, appropriations, and banking matters. This includes dealing with tariffs, trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States. In more recent history, the committee has dealt with Social Security, Medicare, an social services programs.
“David, Jackie, and Carlos are excellent additions to the Ways and Means Committee,” said committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) in a news release. “They are joining our team at a historic moment as we move forward on pro-growth tax reform, repealing Obamacare, and ensuring Americans finally have access to affordable care. Jackie’s a former state representative and now a Member of Congress, Jackie has repeatedly led the way on legislation that will grow our economy, increase wages, and help lift more Americans out of poverty.”
Walorski was recommended by the House Steering Committee to serve on the Ways and Means Committee.