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Curbelo gets seat on powerful House tax-writing committee

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Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who won reelection to one of the most competitive seats in Congress, was rewarded Wednesday with an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.

"This new position will allow me to advocate for many issues of importance to my constituents and our South Florida community, such as strengthening Social Security and Medicare by reducing fraud and making these programs sustainable for all generations of Americans and also the promotion of free and fair trade -- a major economic driver in our community," Curbelo said in a statement.

"The Committee will also debate and advance solutions to bring our nation's tax code into the 21st century and address flaws in our healthcare system in an effort to build a healthy economy that benefits every American family and ensures that the most vulnerable citizens can find their path to success."

Curbelo, a sophomore in Congress, specifically thanked House Speaker Paul Ryan -- who campaigned for Curbelo in his Westchester-to-Key West district -- and Committee Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas "for their trust and confidence."

"I look forward to working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues on the Committee to advance bipartisan solutions that will better the lives of those in my district and across the country."

In a statement released by Curbelo's office, Ryan noted Ways and Means' "broad jurisdiction over many issues Carlos has made a priority in Congress, including tax policy, free and fair trade, healthcare, and entitlement reform."

"Carlos' appointment makes him the only South Florida Republican on the Committee," Ryan added, praising Curbelo's "proven work ethic and diligence in finding common sense solutions to some of the most serious issues facing our country."

Two other House members -- Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Jackie Walorski of Indiana -- also won committee seats.

Curbelo isn't the only Miami Republican moving up in the committee ranks after winning contested reelection races. Sen. Marco Rubio will now sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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