With Republicans in Congress kicking over repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., tapped a Florida Republican to serve on a committee overseeing much of that issue.
On Wednesday, Ryan appointed U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., to serve on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health which will deal with Obama’s health-care law and other medical issues.
“Gus’s dedication to conservative health care solutions will help put Florida and the nation on the right path toward affordable, patient-centered care,” Ryan said. “As a member of Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee, Gus will play a critical role in making our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare a reality—I’m glad he’ll be at the front lines."
“I’m honored to have been selected to serve on this important subcommittee, where I will be working with my colleagues to solve the biggest problems facing our nation’s health care system,” Bilirakis said. “I look forward to gathering input from constituents and stakeholders from Florida’s 12th District every step of the way. After all, we need to focus on empowering patients, not Washington, D.C.”
This was not the only committee assignment Bilirakis announced on Wednesday. Staying under the umbrella of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Bilirakis was named to its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
After eight years in the Florida House, Bilirakis was elected to Congress in 2006, replacing his father former U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-Fla., who served almost a quarter of a century in Congress. Outside the Energy and Commerce Committee, the younger Bilirakis has focused on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, serving as vice chairman of that committee the past two years.
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