TOM RICE TAPPED TO U.S. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
Tom Rice – a liberal “Republican” who consistently votes against American taxpayers and in favor of Washington D.C. special interests – has just been tapped to serve on the U.S. House ways and means committee.
The second-term South Carolina lawmaker – appointed by newly elected U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan – will take Ryan’s place on the powerful committee, which is the lead legislative committee when it comes to U.S. tax policy. Ways and means also has jurisdiction over Social Security, unemployment benefits, Medicare and other federal welfare programs.
It’s an influential post, in other words … and Ryan has given it to one of the most left-leaning members of the so-called “conservative” South Carolina delegation.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas will take over as chairman of the committee, while Rice will slide into to the opening created by Ryan’s ascension to Speaker.
Along with fellow fiscal liberal Joe Wilson and conservative sellout Mark Sanford, Rice has been casting terrible votes in the U.S. House this year – most notably supporting “Republican” leadership in its special interest-driven push to grant president Barack Obama new trade powers.
He’s also pushed for an increase in the federal gas tax – legislation he will now be in a prime position to advance.
Rice was endorsed by “Republican” S.C. governor Nikki Haley during his successful 2012 race, in which he was billed as a “businessman who will rein in Washington spending,” and “make government smaller.”
“I know what Tom Rice will do,” Haley said in endorsing Rice. “He’ll fight for us. He’ll make sure that he does the right thing and he’ll support us as we continue to fight the issues in Washington.”
That didn’t happen. Rice started selling out immediately … and hasn’t stopped. According to the Conservative Review’s “Liberty Score” – used by national publications like Breitbart – Rice has a 64 percent voting record when it comes to “supporting conservative principles.”
That’s the worst mark of any “Republican” member of South Carolina’s U.S. House delegation … although several of those members are coming back to the field.
Frankly, his appointment to this key post is further evidence of the new “Republican” boss being very much the same as the old one.