From Les Blumenthal in our D.C. bureau:
WASHINGTON – He’s been campaigning for it for weeks, but today it became official – Republican Rep. Dave Reichert was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The committee is one of the most powerful in the House, dealing with taxes, health care and trade.
Apparently Washington’s 8th Congressional District has a reserved seat on the committee. Reichert’s predecessors from the 8th, Jennifer Dunn and Rod Chandler, were also on the committee.
Not surprisingly, Reichert is thrilled, saying the appointment will “enable me to continue my tireless advocacy for enacting free trade agreements, keeping taxes low for families, business and individuals and ensuring access to affordable, high quality health care.”
Reichert joins another Washington state representative, Democrat Jim McDermott, on the committee.