Reed may join Ways & Means Committee

Staff reports

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed may be on his way to serving on the House’s Ways and Means Committee. Reed, R-Corning, was recommended Thursday, June 9 to fill a vacant seat on the committee by the House Republican Steering Committee, according to various Washington-based media outlets.

Reed’s appointment must now be ratified by the House Republican Conference, which is expected to meet June 14.

Reed’s office would not confirm or deny the possible appointment. If ratified, Reed would have to step down from the House Rules Committee, a source said.

Being a member of Ways and Means would be a big step up for Reed, who was elected in November but is technically in his second term. The committee is the oldest and most powerful in the House and sets policy on taxation, trade, entitlements and unemployment benefits.

If named, Reed would replace former Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. John Ensign.

Earlier this year Reed reportedly was recommended by U.S. Rep. Peter King, the senior member of New York’s Republican delegation, to replace former U.S. Rep. Chris Lee on the committee.