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Chairman Ryan Statement on Latest GDP Estimate
January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON — Today, the Commerce Department released the latest estimate for real gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2014. Ways and Mean... More
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Newspapers across the Country Call on Congress to Put in Trade Promotion Authority
January 29, 2015
As Republicans and Democrats work to put in place bipartisan trade promotion authority, editorial boards from coast to coast are rallying behind the effort. Trade Promotion Authority—or TPA—empowers Congress to set the negotiating objectives when pursing trade agreements with other countries and helps the United States get the best deal possible. Here’s a sampling of what newspapers have had to say about TPA: Wisconsin State Journal: ‘Congress needs to pass trade promotion authority’ - “Free-tra... More
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Roskam and Ryan Introduce Bill to Stop Political Targeting by IRS
January 28, 2015
WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) introduced H.R. 599, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2015. The bill would prohibit the IRS from changing the way it handles applications for 501(c)4 status. And it would require the IRS to apply the standard it used before the agency started targeting applicants because of their political beliefs. These requirements would expire at the end of 20... More
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CBO Director Says Accounting Gimmicks Can't Save Social Security
January 28, 2015
Democrats continue to claim we can fix the looming shortfall in disability insurance by raiding retirees’ Social Security trust fund. But CBO Director Doug Elmendorf poured cold water on those assurances during his testimony before the House Budget Committee yesterday. Rep. Diane Black asked the head of the nonpartisan agency whether the Democrats’ preferred answer would actually work: Rep. Black: As a matter of fact, I’ve heard some folks just talk about if this trust fund does become defunct, ... More
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Moving America Forward: Expanding U.S. Trade
January 27, 2015
This afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on United States trade policy, with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. It's an opportunity to explore a critical component of a pro-growth economic agenda: expanding export markets for American-made goods and services. The vast majority of the world’s consumers live beyond our borders, and we need to break down economic barriers so American farmers, ranchers, and businesses—large and small—can sell more of their produ... More
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