Congressman Pat Tiberi, (R-OH), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the tax code’s treatment of abortion-related expenses and the changes to such tax treatment proposed by section 2 of H.R. 3 – the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – as ordered reported by the House Judiciary Committee on March 3, 2011. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building beginning at 2:00 P.M.
In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. A list of invited witnesses will follow.
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3) on January 20, 2011. The bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and, in addition, to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. On March 3, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee ordered the bill reported to the House by a vote of 23-14. The Ways and Means Committee received a referral because the bill includes tax provisions that fall within the jurisdiction of the Committee. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) asked Chairman Tiberi to hold a hearing for the purpose of examining these provisions so that the Committee can provide its expertise, ensuring that the tax provisions are administrable and operate as intended.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman Tiberi said, “The Ways and Means Committee has a responsibility to lend our tax policy expertise to the development of H.R. 3 to ensure that the relevant provisions serve their intended purpose.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on the tax policy issues raised by H.R. 3 as ordered reported by the House Judiciary Committee on March 3, 2011.
DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:
Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit written comments for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, http://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings.” Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.” Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information. ATTACH your submission as a Word document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by the close of business on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-3625 or (202) 225-2610.
The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record. As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee. The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines. Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments. Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.
2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased. All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.
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