U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment. Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee.
LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.
“Those are important issues to the American people,” he said. “They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”
LaHood says trade is one of the first issues he will focus on as part of the committee. He said he hopes to be a voice for NAFTA and other trade agreements that benefit agriculture.
Ways and Means is the oldest committee in Congress.