Washington, DC — U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, (R-TX) released the following statement today after being selected chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by the GOP steering committee. With approval of the full Republican conference Thursday, Brady will follow now-Speaker Paul Ryan as leader of the oldest committee of the United States Congress and the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. Brady, a ten-term member from The Woodlands, Texas, has led two of the committee’s key panels – Health and Trade – and is the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee.
“I’m honored to lead this talented committee because House Republicans and Speaker Paul Ryan are advancing a pro-growth agenda to get this country back on track. This includes taking real steps toward fixing this broken tax code, reforming welfare, saving Social Security and Medicare for the long term and enlarging America’s economic freedom to trade.
We have a lot of work to do, and it won’t happen overnight for this reason: While many of these solutions originate in the Ways and Means Committee, I intend to seek the ideas and active engagement of our Republican Conference. Big challenges require big effort from all of us.
I also commend my friend Pat Tiberi on his very competitive race. Pat is a deeply talented and respected leader, and our committee will continue to rely on his guidance as we move our pro-growth agenda forward.”