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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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July 24, 2024

Chairman Smith Statement on 235 Years of the House Committee on Ways and Means

WASHINGTON – On the 235th anniversary of the founding of the Ways and Means Committee on July 24, 1789, Chairman…

July 24, 2024

Ways and Means Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Support Children and Families 

Legislation reauthorizes and reforms child welfare program and strengthens child support enforcement. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Ways and Means Committee…

July 24, 2024

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Markup of Child Welfare Legislation

Legislation reauthorizes and reforms child welfare programs and strengthens child support enforcement. As prepared for delivery. “Let me begin by…

July 23, 2024

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on Tracing the Flow of Tax-Exempt Dollars to Antisemitism

As prepared for delivery. “Thank you Oversight Committee Chairman Schweikert for convening today’s hearing. I also want to wish our…

July 22, 2024

Ways & Means Unveils First-In-A-Generation, Bipartisan Reform of Child Welfare to Protect America’s Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ways and Means Work and Welfare Subcommittee Chairman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Ranking Member Danny K. Davis…

July 22, 2024

Chairman Smith to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Why Are You Partnering with Organizations that Support Antisemitism?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) is demanding additional answers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce…

.@RepCarolMiller, @MikeKellyPA, and @RepFeenstra, who serve on @WaysandMeansGOP’s Supply Chains Tax Team, hosted a roundtable in Tazewell County, Va., with energy industry stakeholders to discuss the capture and use of coalfield methane as a viable fuel https://bit.ly/3xXxJUX

When the Ways and Means Committee traveled to Erie, PA, we heard directly from business owners, stakeholders, and Erie residents about the success of the Trump tax cuts and opportunity zone program.

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WATCH: The Ways and Means Committee has traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to hear from Americans about how our tax code can better unleash medical innovation to increase access to innovative medical devices and treatments. https://x.com/i/broadcasts/1vOxwrlNZprJB

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Excessive Washington red tape forces state child welfare programs to spend more time on paperwork instead of helping children.

In fact, these rules do NOTHING to increase accountability or outcomes for how these programs perform, as one witness testified today.
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Relatives are an important source of care for kids who can’t live with their parents.

Too often, these caregivers are overlooked and don’t get the support they need.

One kinship provider shared that she faced an “uphill battle” getting help for her sister.
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@replahood asked Tori Petersen about the importance of work in helping lift people out of poverty.

A former foster youth and current foster parent, Tori explained how every parent must recognize the point “when helping hurts” and too many government resources can delay growth and keep people trapped in poverty and crisis
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Chairman Smith asked @parishilton, based on her lived experience as a survivor of abuse in a residential youth facility, what should be done to help children in crisis.

Here’s what she said.
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For the last year, the Ways & Means Committee has conducted a top-to-bottom review of child welfare.

Here’s just some of what we’ve found:
❌Relatives taking care of kids need more support
❌A severe caseworker shortage
❌D.C. red tape
❌Unfair barriers faced by Native American tribes
❌Slow court system
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During our hearing, @repbethvanduyne asked Talia Dror to describe her experience at Cornell and her reaction to the failure of university leaders to appropriately respond to and condemn those spreading antisemitism and threats of violence. ...

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