Good morning, troops. It's Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Central Illinois is receiving a little higher profile on Capitol Hill, courtesy of a recent promotion for U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood.

The Peoria Republican has been appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee, according to a news release issued Tuesday night. The House GOP conference is to approve LaHood's appointment.

The committee might be the most powerful in Congress, because it has jurisdiction over taxation, trade, tariffs and other revenue-raising techniques. All such bills originate in the House.

LaHood, who has served in Congress since 2015, is to fill the Ways and Means seat being vacated by Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi, who is resigning. 

"With this position, I will continue advocating for central and west-central Illinois on many issues important to the 18th District and my constituents, including tax policy, making health care more accessible and affordable, free and fair trade and protecting entitlement programs for current in future seniors," LaHood stated in a news release that heralded his appointment.

LaHood is the second consecutive 18th District representative to serve on Ways and Means. His predecessor, Aaron Schock, was appointed to the committee in 2011. He resigned in 2015 amid a criminal investigation and was replaced on the committee by another Illinoisan, former Rep. Bob Dold.

"Since coming to Congress, Darin has been a champion for pro-growth policies that create more jobs and increase paychecks for hardworking families in Illinois and across the country," said the committee chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. "As a former federal and state prosecutor, Darin will bring an important new perspective to our committee's work."

LaHood represents most of the city of Peoria north of War Memorial Drive. He also represents all or parts of Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties, among others.

Because of the Ways and Means appointment, LaHood will resign from his current duties on the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology committees. Ways and Means members are not allowed to serve on other House committees.
This might be a good time to review exactly how a bill becomes a law in Congress. What better way than to do it musically?