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  • Ryan Opening Statement on TPA
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following opening statement during a markup of important trade legislation, including the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. "So, TPA. As we all know, trade promotion authority is a process for negotiating and considering trade deals. Some people wonder why we care about this process so much. But that’s because only a good process will get us a good result. "We're negotiati... Read more

  • Roskam Opening Statement: Hearing on 2015 Tax Filing Season
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 22, 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 2015 tax filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service. "Welcome to the Oversight Subcommittee's third hearing of the 114th Congress. Today we will review the 2015 tax return filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service. "The American people have the right to expect excellence from their government—... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: TPA Will Promote American Trade and Restore American Leadership
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Trade

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on expanding American trade with accountability and transparency. "Well, first, I want to thank our witnesses: Secretary Lew, Secretary Pritzker, and Secretary Vilsack. I'm interested to hear your testimony. But before we start, I want to say a few words about why today's topic is so important. Why do we need to establish trade promotion authority? What's the point of... Read more

  • Brady Opening Statement: Hearing on the Individual and Employer Mandates in the President’s Health Care Law
    Posted in Opening Statements on April 14, 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 the individual and employer mandates and associated penalties in the president's health care law. "With the successful replacement of the flawed formula for paying local doctors under Medicare nearly complete, I want to welcome everyone to the first hearing of the Health Subcommittee in the 114th Congress. "And I'd like to offer an especially warm welco... Read more

  • Reichert Opening Statement: The Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms
    Posted in Opening Statements on March 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Select Revenue Measures , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the burdens family businesses and farms face when planning for and paying the estate tax. "Today, as we consider the burdens family businesses and farms face planning for and paying the estate tax, or as it is more commonly known, the death tax, we will have the opportunity to hear from witnesses who have experienced this challenge fi... Read more

  • Boustany Opening Statement: Expanding Opportunity by Funding What Works
    Posted in Opening Statements on March 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairmain Charles Boustany (R-LA) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing titled, “Expanding Opportunity by Funding What Works: Using Evidence to Help Low-Income Individuals and Families Get Ahead,” the second in a hearing series focused on ways to help move America’s families forward. "Welcome to today's hearing. This is the second in our hearing series on welfare reform topics. Today, we will explore what we kno... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: Strengthening Medicare and Other Health Care Legislation
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following opening statement during the committee markup of a series of health care bills, including the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act of 2015 introduced by Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA). "So before we get started, I wanted to say a few words. The reason we're here today is to strengthen Medicare . . . to make the program work better. That's som... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: Strengthening 529 College Savings Plans and Making Permanent Important Tax Provisions
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Select Revenue Measures , Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following opening statement during the committee markup of a series of bills to strengthen 529 college savings plans and make permanent important tax provisions. "So, we're working on three bills today. And the point of all three is to make people's lives easier. It's to give them more certainty about the future. All three deal with the tax code. There's the state and local sales-tax deduction, and there's the ... Read more

  • Roskam Opening Statement: Protecting Small Businesses from IRS Abuse
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 11, 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 the subcommittee's hearing on the IRS’s use of civil-asset forfeiture laws to seize the bank accounts of law-abiding small businesses and the settlement tactics used by the agency. "Welcome. This is the Oversight Subcommittee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress. And today, we’re going to examine the IRS’s use and abuse of its civil-asset forfeiture authority. ... Read more

  • Boustany Opening Statement: Challenges Facing Low-Income Individuals and Families in Today's Economy
    Posted in Opening Statements on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Human Resources, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) delivered the following opening statement during the subcommittee's hearing on the challenges facing low-income individuals and families in today's economy. "Our first hearing this year is on challenges facing low-income individuals and families in today’s economy. "Our basic purpose as a subcommittee—a purpose stated in the subcommittee’s very title—is to promote the human resources of this country.... Read more