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Seven Key Moments from Ways and Means Hearing on Educational Freedom and Opportunity

October 28, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON – At a hearing on expanding educational freedom and opportunity for American families, students, and workers, witnesses shared powerful stories of how more educational options changed the course of their lives, created better educational resources for their kids, and helped their fellow Americans learn the skills and enter the ...

Chairman Smith Statement on Biden Administration’s Decision to Surrender to China on Digital Trade Rules

October 26, 2023 — Press Releases

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement after the U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced plans to withdraw longstanding U.S. negotiating proposals that promote high-standard digital trade provisions, undercutting U.S. global competitiveness, and surrendering America’s digital trade leadership to China.

Five Key Moments From Work & Welfare Subcommittee Hearing on Measuring Poverty

October 25, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON – The Official Poverty Measure affects federal funding intended to help millions of families living in poverty through programs such as the Social Services Block Grant, child welfare programs, food stamps, energy assistance, school lunches, and Medicaid, among a slew of others. At a hearing of the Ways and Means Work & Welfare Subcommittee, witnesses testified ...

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Hearing on Measuring Poverty

October 24, 2023 — Blog

As prepared for delivery.  "Thank you Chairman LaHood and Ranking Member Davis. "Today’s hearing is, on the surface, about an issue that might otherwise draw very little, if any attention from most Americans. A discussion over how the government chooses to define one of various metrics it uses to allocate resources is not ...