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  • Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce Members Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Medicare Advantage Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, members on both sides of the aisle of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced four bills to improve the Medicare Advantage (MA) program for seniors. The four bipartisan bills are: H.R. 2506, the Seniors’ Health Care Plan Protection Act of 2015, introduced by Ways and Means members Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce member Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would delay the authority to t... Read more

  • Republicans Act to Protect the Safety Net from Abuse
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    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 occur when taxpayer funds go to the wrong recipient, in the wrong amount, without proper documentation, o... Read more

  • House Passes Permanent R&D Tax Credit
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    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 rewarding people for investing in our future. But passing one-year extensions only creates uncertainty in our econo... Read more

  • Roskam Opening Statement: The Use of Administrative Actions in ACA Implementation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight, Full Committee

    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 Branch as they implement and administer the President’s healthcare law. "The question we examine today is: If... Read more

  • Ryan Applauds Committee Approval of Evidence-Based Policy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Select Revenue Measures , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2015, legislation he introduced earlier this year along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). "We need to look at the evidence when we make policy because we need to know what works. This commission will start to create a culture of success in our government by putting the focus ... Read more

  • Brady Opening Statement: Ideas to Improve Competition in the Medicare Program
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on ideas to improve competition in the Medicare program. "Welcome to today's hearing on improving competition within the important Medicare program. This is the first in a series of hearings this summer and fall to identify solutions to saving Medicare for the long term. "Today we're going to explore how much competition exists in Medicare: its impact, ben... Read more

  • House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act. Upon passage, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement. "The highway trust fund has enough money to pay for projects through the end of July, but its legal authority to spend that money expires at the end of this month. I would have preferred to pass an extension that lasted through the end of the year, but we just couldn’t come to a bipartisan... Read more

  • Ryan on State of the Union: For ‘More Jobs and Better Wages,’ We Need Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — On Sunday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Brianna Keilar to discuss the importance of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation currently being considered by Congress. During their discussion, Chairman Ryan explained why new trade agreements are so vital to our economy and why Congress must pass TPA as soon as possible to ensure that we get the best agreements for American workers and job creators. To see the ful... Read more

  • Johnson and Boustany Introduce Bill to Reduce Disability Fraud
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced H.R. 2359, the Disability Fraud Reduction and Unethical Deception Prevention Act of 2015. The legislation would protect hardworking taxpayers from fraud in the disability program. For example, in October 2013, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee concluded a bipartisan investigation into how a Kentucky ... Read more

  • Shuster-Ryan Statement on Surface Transportation Extension
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the introduction of legislation to authorize the highway and transit programs through the end of July. "While highway and transit program spending authority expires at the end of the month, the Highway Trust Fund has sufficient resources to fund its obligations through the end of July. It was our preference... Read more