Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ways and Means Shakeup in Wake of Ryan Promotion

Drew Thies

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan created a leadership vacuum on the Ways and Means committee after he left for the top post in the House, resulting in Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas as the new committee Chairman.

Brady will become one of the party’s leading voices on various economic and health policies, including Medicare policy. In a statement, Brady said that he wanted to implement a “pro-growth agenda” for the country.

Ryan left the committee for the Speakership with no clear replacement. Brady defeated Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio in a secretive steering committee vote last Wednesday, where Speaker Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have outsized sway to decide who would be appointed chair.

Brady, the second most-senior member of the committee, indicated he would like to chair Ways and Means as early as January, when Ryan leapfrogged him for the post. Tiberi is the fourth highest-ranked member of the committee.

Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) also was briefly in the race before dropping out ahead of the steering committee meeting.

Brady’s ascension to the chair has sparked another race for his old seat, chairmanship of the Way and Means subcommittee on Health. Tiberi, currently chair of the Subcommittee on Trade, has expressed interest in succeeding his former opponent.

AHCA will continue to monitor the leadership changes in the important Ways and Means committee and advocate on behalf of the long term and post-acute care profession.

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