Schock given leading voice in House
Peoria congressman entering second term lands appointment on Ways and Means Committee
Dec 10, 2010 -
KAREN McDONALD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted Dec 09, 2010 @ 05:52 PM
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who is just entering his second term in the House of Representatives, was appointed Thursday to the most powerful committee in Congress - Ways and Means.
The tax-writing committee is responsible for half of all federal dollars spent and has jurisdiction over trade policies, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Medicare, among other responsibilities. The Peoria Republican will be at the forefront of discussions on how government can enact policies to help grow the economy.
"With some of the big issues of the day and looking at the federal budget and deficit and debt and Social Security and Medicare, to make those programs sustainable in the long term, Ways and Means is going to be at the forefront of all of that debate and discussion," said Brad McMillan, executive director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University who also served as former district chief of staff of then-U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, who now is the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
LaHood did not serve on Ways and Means but was appointed to the second most powerful committee, Appropriations, during his fourth term.
"It is rare for a congressman to achieve appointment to the most powerful committee in Congress at the beginning of his second term," former 18th District representative and House Republican Leader Bob Michel said in a prepared statement. "The magnitude of what Aaron has accomplished in this appointment is tremendous for farmers, Caterpillar (Inc.) workers, all taxpayers and those who need a job."
Schock has said reducing the tax burden will stimulate investment and job creation in the private sector.
On health care, Schock said he will fight to repeal costly 1099 requirements on small business. For individual taxpayers, Schock supports tax code simplification and reducing marginal rates, a permanent alternate minimum tax fix and enacting policies to stimulate savings and investment.
The House Republican Steering Committee, including incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Thursday decided the GOP rosters for committees.
"Aaron Schock's appointment today to the Ways and Means Committee will give him a leading voice on job creation, taxes, trade, Social Security and fundamentally putting our country back on a path of economic growth and job creation," Boehner said.
The appointment means Schock no longer will serve on his previous three committees: Transportation and Infrastructure; Small Business; and Government Oversight and Reform. Schock will continue to serve as a deputy majority whip, a position on the GOP leadership team usually reserves for senior members.
Earlier this year, the Illinois Republican congressional delegation exploded into the majority with five additions, giving Illinois more influence and allowing more of the delegation to serve on top committees, including Energy and Commerce; Appropriations; and Ways and Means.
Illinois representatives currently serving on Ways and Means are Danny Davis, a Chicago Democrat, and Republican Peter Roskam of Wheaton.
Dave Camp, R-Mich., who will chair the Ways and Means Committee in the 112th Congress, called Schock an "aggressive member" and "important part of our team."
Among the roster of past members of the oldest committee in Congress who have gone on to serve in higher office are eight presidents and eight vice presidents, 21 House speakers and four Supreme Court justices.
"This is a huge coup for (Schock) as a young, congressional leader," McMillan said. "It shows the great respect that the leadership has in his abilities."
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