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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was selected by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to serve on theSenate Finance Committee.

The Senate Finance Committee handles matters relating to: taxation and other revenue measures; bonded debt of the United States; customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; tariff and import quotas; the transportation of dutiable goods; deposit of public moneys; general revenue sharing; health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund; and national social security.

As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Brown previously served as the ranking minority member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee.

Brown also serves on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection.

He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 40 years, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy Innovation. Brown also serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

"My biggest priority is to help build the middle class, and this committee provides a great opportunity to do so: from ensuring a fair tax code, to standing up for Ohio's manufacturers and workers when it comes to foreign trade, to protecting Social Security and Medicare," Brown said.

"I'm also honored to continue serving Ohio's nearly one million veterans on the Veterans Committee, to support the one in seven Ohio jobs tied to farming and food on the Agriculture Committee, and to continue my work on the Banking Committee on behalf of customers and workers in the financial services and housing industries that are so important to our state."