Boustany moves for the greater good
Last fall, we said the re-election of Congressman Charles Boustany was the best choice for the district, state and nation. His appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee makes that even more the case.
Ways and Means has authority over Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and will be instrumental in congressional review of President-elect Barack Obama’s plans to reform health care.
Additionally, the committee has jurisdiction over trade and tax policy, items key to a state like Louisiana, whose economy is influenced greatly by international business.
The value of Boustany, a former physician, in the committee’s anticipated work in conjunction with the new administration’s health care priorities is obvious.
Boustany under House rules had to give up his seat on the Agriculture Committee, a post of great value to his district, but the opportunity to move to Ways and Means represents a greater good.