New Ways & Means chairman gives Speaker Ryan a tax-reform partner

By Mark Schoeff Jr. The promotion of Rep. Kevin Brady to chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee gives new House Speaker Paul Ryan a key partner on tax-reform efforts, according to experts.Selected by his Republican colleagues earlier this month to head the panel, Mr. Brady, R-Texas, succeeds Mr. Ryan, R-Wisc., in the role. The committee has jurisdiction over tax, trade and entitlement policy.The gavel is being handed to someone who, like Mr. Ryan, has made tax-reform a legislative signature.“He has been very active in tax reform and as chairman, he'll advance…continue reading →