WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, R-MO, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-MN, to the committee.

“I am honored to have been selected for the Ways and Means Committee and I am excited to be a voice for rural Minnesota as we work to ensure the U.S. economy remains strong and continues to dominate on the world stage,” Fischbach said in a Wednesday press release.

“America has always been able to lead economically. The communities I represent understand that agriculture benefits from a competitive tax code and robust market access. The Ways and Means Committee is the strongest platform by which Congress can pursue both of these goals. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fight for American agriculture and American families on this important committee,” she said.

The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the House. The committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including Social Security, unemployment benefits, Medicare, the enforcement of child support laws, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, foster care, and adoption programs.

“Ways and Means Republicans are ready to get to work delivering on our commitment to build a stronger economy that gives the American people greater opportunity to build a prosperous future for themselves and their families,” Smith said. “Congresswoman Fischbach is a fierce advocate for her constituents and the interests of rural America. Her background of public service to the people of Minnesota makes her an excellent addition to the Ways and Means Committee.”