IRS Abuse: Committee Seeks DOJ Update on Lerner Criminal Referral

May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Today, Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch inquiring about the status of the committee’s criminal referral of Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice. In March of this year, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner saying the office would not prosecute Lerner for ...

Clear Majority of Americans Support Free Trade, Says Pew Survey

May 27, 2015

Fifty-eight percent—that’s how many Americans think trade agreements are good for the U.S., according to survey results released today by the Pew Research Center. Just 33 percent disagree. In other words, a majority of Americans support free trade. The survey found that ...

Ryan Statement on IRS Data Breach

May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON —  House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement upon learning of an IRS data breach. "While the committee is seeking more information about the situation, it's deeply concerning that taxpayer information has been compromised. Protecting the taxpayer is supposed to be the IRS’s top priority, and we need answers from ...

Krauthammer: Vote for TPA Washington Post op-ed

May 15, 2015

    By Charles Krauthammer That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions—provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this ...

#TBT: Reagan and Trade

May 14, 2015

President Reagan with James Baker, Clayton Yeutter, and Allan Gotlieb signing the Canada United States Free Trade Agreement Implentation Act in the Rose Garden. 9/28/88. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we look back at one of the biggest champions of expanding American trade: Ronald Reagan. Our 40th president pursued a vigorous trade agenda. He negotiated the U.S.’s very first ...

CRS: TPA Gives ‘No New Authority’ to the President, Says New Report

May 14, 2015

"TPA grants no new authority to the President," says a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. "The President possesses inherent authority to negotiate with other countries to arrive at trade agreements. If any such agreement requires changes in U.S. law, however, it could be implemented only through ...

Could TPA Take Away Your Guns? Not a Chance.

May 13, 2015

Opponents of trade agreements have spun up all kinds of fallacies in an attempt to stop bipartisan trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, offered by Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The latest, however, is perhaps the most ludicrous: that a pending trade agreement will somehow lead to restrictions on firearms and ammunition. Let’s just stop right there. Not gonna ...

Racing against the Clock—and China

May 13, 2015

As Chairman Ryan has said: “If we sit by and do nothing, then China will write the rules of the global economy, particularly in Asia, to China's benefit. And that won't be to the benefit of the American worker.” This point was echoed today in

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May 22, 2015
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Ryan Statement on Portman Currency Amendment

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement today about the Senate amendment to trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation that would ...

May 22, 2015
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Republicans Act to Protect the Safety Net from Abuse

WASHINGTON — This week, Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced a series of bills to strengthen the integrity of the unemployment insurance (UI) and Supplemental ...

May 21, 2015
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Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce Members Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Medicare Advantage Program

WASHINGTON — Today, members on both sides of the aisle of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced four bills to improve the Medicare Advantage (MA) ...

May 21, 2015
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House Passes Permanent R&D Tax Credit

WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, legislation introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) to make permanent the ...

May 20, 2015
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Roskam Opening Statement: The Use of Administrative Actions in ACA Implementation - Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the use of administrative actions in the ...

May 20, 2015
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Brady Opening Statement: Ideas to Improve Competition in the Medicare Program Remarks as Prepared For Delivery

WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on ideas to improve competition in the Medicare ...

May 19, 2015