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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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May 29, 2024

Chairmen Smith & Thompson Op-Ed: Washington must not let politics stand in the way of American agriculture

By Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Agriculture Committee Chairman G.T. Thompson (PA-15) The Hill Since our…

May 28, 2024

Five Key Moments from Health Subcommittee Hearing on the Collapse of Private Practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington policies and regulations, coupled with high inflation, have contributed to the steady collapse of independent medical practices,…

May 27, 2024

In Pennsylvania, Trump Tax Cuts Revitalize Struggling Communities

Five Key Moments from Tax Subcommittee Hearing on Creating More Opportunity and Prosperity in the Rust Belt ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA – In…

May 23, 2024

Smith Calls for Resuming Real Trade Negotiations with Kenya Following Meeting with President Ruto

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement after participating in a bipartisan meeting…

May 22, 2024

Health Subcommittee Chairman Buchanan Opening Statement – Hearing on the Collapse of Private Practice: Examining the Challenges Facing Independent Medicine

“Compared to three decades ago, there are 30 percent fewer physicians in private practice…A thriving health care ecosystem should include…

May 22, 2024

Ways and Means Committee Releases Evidence Showing Hunter Biden Lied Under Oath During Recent Congressional Testimony

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee voted to release over 100 pages of newly obtained evidence, provided to the…


The Biden Administration has displayed a shocking level of disregard for the 65 million Americans on Social Security.

While there is no excuse, the American people are owed an explanation why the Social Security Administration Commissioner O’Malley thought it was a better use of

As Pres. Ruto visits Washington, I led several @WaysandMeansGOP colleagues to call on Pres. Biden to pursue a comprehensive trade agreement with Kenya.

Today’s announcement from the admin falls short and is a missed opportunity to reduce trade barriers with a valuable partner.

Providers should be focused on providing care to patients, not filling out a mountain of paperwork and other administrative tasks.

Burdensome regulations restrict patients’ access to care.


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Providers should be focused on providing care to patients, not filling out a mountain of paperwork and other administrative tasks.

Burdensome regulations restrict patients’ access to care.

Independent providers are struggling to keep their doors open with the rising cost of labor and services.

Small independent practices are forced to compete against large hospitals and retail providers who can absorb higher costs from inflation and outbid them for workers, which ultimately limits the number of options patients have to access care.

When small medical practices are bought out by large care providers the cost of care skyrockets.

Though the quality of care remains consistent, patients end up having to pay 2 to 3 times more and in some cases may see their access to care decline.

Bureaucratic red tape is overwhelming private practices, consuming vast amounts of time and resources.

Patients shouldn’t have their access or quality of care diminished because of burdensome Washington mandates.

Small businesses need capital and investment to grow and expand.

President Biden’s proposed tax hike on small businesses will make it harder to do that.

Small businesses need more of the Trump tax cuts, not Biden tax hikes.

In Erie’s Opportunity Zones, 110 new homes now exist for workers and families.

Across the country, other communities are using Opportunity Zones to build more affordable housing.