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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 ...

Trade Accountability Moves Ahead

May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA), legislation authored in the House by Chairman Ryan. "The Senate has taken an important step toward a healthier economy and greater American leadership in the world. The United ...

Ryan Statement on Portman Currency Amendment

May 22, 2015

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 require trade agreements to include provisions triggering retaliatory duties in response to perceived currency manipulation. "Currency manipulation is real. The question is not whether we address ...

Republicans Act to Protect the Safety Net from Abuse

May 21, 2015

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 Security Income (SSI) programs. SSI provides monthly checks to low-income disabled and elderly individuals. Like the UI program, it wastes billions of taxpayer dollars in improper payments. These payments ...

House Passes Permanent R&D Tax Credit

May 20, 2015

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 research and development tax credit. On passage, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement. "The R&D tax credit promotes innovation in our country by ...

Roskam Opening Statement: The Use of Administrative Actions in ACA Implementation – Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

May 20, 2015

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 implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "Good morning and welcome to our hearing. Today we’re going to look at 'administrative actions'—that is—unilateral actions by the President and the Executive ...