2 Pa. Dems land seats on House Ways and Means

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - STATE/REGION - — Laura Ol­son

Penn­syl­va­nia will have two Democrats on the pow­er­ful House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee this ses­sion.

U.S. Reps. Dwight Evans and Bren­dan Boyle are among 10 new mem­bers join­ing that panel, the com­mit­tee an­nounced last week.

Ways and Means is the old­est com­mit­tee in Con­gress and the chief tax-writ­ing panel, with ju­ris­dic­tion over tar­iffs, trade, So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care, among other is­sues.

It also has the au­thor­ity to re­quest any in­di­vid­ual’s IRS fil­ings, a power putting it at the cen­ter of Demo­cratic ef­forts to seek Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tax re­turns.

The ap­point­ment of Evans and Boyle, who rep­re­sent Philadel­phia area dis­tricts, means that Penn­syl­va­nia again will have two ma­jor­ity mem­bers on that panel. Last ses­sion, Repub­li­can Reps. Pat Mee­han, of Delaware County, and Mike Kelly, of Erie County, were on the com­mit­tee.

Evans said in a state­ment that he in­tends to use the com­mit­tee post to “ad­vance my pol­icy ideas to tackle our 26 per­cent poverty rate, crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture, and pro­tect and ex­pand health care.”

At age 41, Boyle will be one of the youngest mem­bers of that panel.

“I am grate­ful for this com­mit­tee nom­i­na­tion, par­tic­u­larly at this point rel­a­tively early in my con­gres­sional ca­reer, and I will use my new po­si­tion to fight to give Penn­syl­va­ni­ans of ev­ery zip code a shot at the Amer­i­can dream,” Boyle said.

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