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The Committee on Ways and Means, the oldest tax-writing body in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1789, shapes fiscal legislation including taxes, tariffs, and social service programs. Its notable influence is underscored by numerous members who have risen to prominent national offices, including Presidents and Supreme Court Justices.

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July 12, 2024

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Field Hearing on Access to Health Care in America: Unleashing Medical Innovation and Economic Prosperity

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) delivered the following opening statement at a field hearing in Salt Lake…

July 11, 2024

Ways & Means Republicans Demand Biden Administration Take Decisive Action to Combat Canada’s Digital Services Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canada’s decision to impose a discriminatory digital services tax (DST) on U.S. businesses demands a swift and…

July 10, 2024

Smith, Comer, Foxx Demand DOJ Investigate The Palestine Chronicle for Providing Support to Terrorism, Potential Tax Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08), Education and…

July 9, 2024

Ways and Means Committee Takes Action to Protect Jewish Students, Help Parents Save for Their Child’s Education, and Stand Up to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation that holds colleges and universities accountable for failing to protect…

July 9, 2024

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Markup of Legislation to Hold Universities Accountable, Expand Educational Freedom, & Block Tax Dollars to China

As prepared for delivery. “Over the last few months, Americans watched in shock as many so-called “elite” colleges and universities…

July 5, 2024

Ways and Means to Markup Legislation to Hold Universities Accountable, Expand Educational Freedom, and Block Tax Dollars to China 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Ways and Means Committee will take action to hold universities accountable for failing to protect Jewish students, support…

President Biden is once again parroting the same debunked talking points about the Trump tax cuts.

FACT: Data confirms that EVERY income bracket saw a substantial decrease in tax following the implementation of the TCJA, and the tax burden for the top 1% of earners actually went

We have an obligation to protect our nation’s most vulnerable, including children in the foster care system. Thank you, @ParisHilton, for joining @WaysandMeansGOP yesterday to share your experience and discuss ideas to protect our youth from abusive and dangerous environments.

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Alzheimer’s affects millions of Americans each day, and the search for a cure must be relentless. Proud that @WaysandMeansGOP advanced my bipartisan CHANGE Act today to help patients and clinicians through expanded early detection support and improved data collection.

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Excessive Washington red tape forces state child welfare programs to spend more time on paperwork instead of helping children.

In fact, these rules do NOTHING to increase accountability or outcomes for how these programs perform, as one witness testified today.

Relatives are an important source of care for kids who can’t live with their parents.

Too often, these caregivers are overlooked and don’t get the support they need.

One kinship provider shared that she faced an “uphill battle” getting help for her sister.

@replahood asked Tori Petersen about the importance of work in helping lift people out of poverty.

A former foster youth and current foster parent, Tori explained how every parent must recognize the point “when helping hurts” and too many government resources can delay growth and keep people trapped in poverty and crisis

Chairman Smith asked @parishilton, based on her lived experience as a survivor of abuse in a residential youth facility, what should be done to help children in crisis.

Here’s what she said.

For the last year, the Ways & Means Committee has conducted a top-to-bottom review of child welfare.

Here’s just some of what we’ve found:
❌Relatives taking care of kids need more support
❌A severe caseworker shortage
❌D.C. red tape
❌Unfair barriers faced by Native American tribes
❌Slow court system

During our hearing, @repbethvanduyne asked Talia Dror to describe her experience at Cornell and her reaction to the failure of university leaders to appropriately respond to and condemn those spreading antisemitism and threats of violence. ...