House Democrats approved Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-Paterson) appointment to chair the House Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee Wednesday.
“I am humbled beyond words by the confidence of my colleagues to take on this responsibility,” Pascrell said. “It is impossible to fill John Lewis’s shoes and I will only do my best to make my friend proud.”
Pascrell replaces late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died of complications related to pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
The appointment puts a frequent critic of President Donald Trump in a position of power, and Pascrell indicated Wednesday that his criticism of Trump would continue in his new role.
“Working alongside my colleagues, I will look under every rock to find and combat the criminality of Trump’s regime and other tax abuses,” he said. “We will be relentless in providing oversight and conducting investigations to improve peoples’ lives and show the vital work we can do for regular Americans.”