Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee finalized its subcommittee selections for the 113th Congress. U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert is serving as Chairman of the Human Resources Subcommittee and as a member of the Trade Subcommittee.
"As Chairman of Human Resources, I will be working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to improve those programs that are designed to help Americans who have fallen on hard times," said Reichert. "I look forward to leading efforts to ensure those who are able to work have the tools necessary to secure employment, and provide for themselves and their families. In Washington's 8th district, sustaining and creating jobs for those seeking opportunity goes hand-in-hand with international trade. International trade creates and supports hundreds of thousands of Washington State jobs. Serving on the Trade Subcommittee will help to ensure that Washington farmers, workers, businesses, and services providers, and all American businesses, have access to consumers outside of our borders and can continue to excel in the global marketplace."
"The Committee faces a very busy Congress as we work to make our economy stronger and healthier so families can find good-paying jobs and afford to save and invest for the future," said Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp. "Establishing the membership for these subcommittees is an important step forward as we pursue an aggressive legislative agenda to make the tax code simpler and fairer; move forward on new opportunities in the global marketplace while holding our trading partners accountable; conduct rigorous oversight -- especially as the Administration struggles to implement ObamaCare; and, take action to protect, preserve and prolong the life of our entitlement programs."
The House Ways and Means Committee is the oldest committee of the U.S. Congress and is the chief tax-writing committee. It was first established as a select committee in 1789 and became a standing committee in 1802. Rep. Reichert has served on this committee since January of 2009.