Washington State’s own Rep. Dave Reichert “could head the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee next year, making him one of Congress’ most influential players on international trade pacts.” McClatchy DC,
“I would say it’s probably a 50-50 shot. … There could be some shifting going on that may present an opportunity for me to be the chair of the trade subcommittee,” Reichert said in an interview.
Reichert, 64, of Auburn, Wash., could get his break if California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the current subcommittee chair, takes over as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Nunes has been campaigning for the post since April…
Reichert, who currently chairs the House Ways and Means human resources subcommittee, said he’s likely to jump at the chance to take the new job, noting that he’s already a senior member of the trade subcommittee.
“If it presented itself as a possibility, I would probably take that position because I think it really benefits the state of Washington,” Reichert said. “As the chairman, you can direct the hearings and have a little bit more input into the direction that the committee’s going to benefit the country.”