Ryan already is taking aim in all of these areas in his statement yesterday after winning the post in the House Republican leadership discussions:

Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, has finally gotten a hold of a gavel he’s long sought and will head a committee that has jurisdiction over items — like the tax code, Medicare and Medicaid — that the Wisconsin Republican has overhauled in his budget blueprints.

Ryan told reporters on Tuesday that Camp “did a great job of raising the bar of what a successful Ways and Means chair looks like” and that he wanted to “utilize the strength of all our committee members.”

In a separate statement, Ryan said that the Ways and Means panel would be front-and-center as Republicans try to jumpstart an anemic recovery that has left many voters uneasy about the economy.

“We will work together to fix the tax code, hold the IRS accountable, strengthen Medicare and Social Security, repair the safety net, promote job-creating trade agreements, and determine how best to repeal and replace ObamaCare with patient-centered solutions,” Ryan said.

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