115th United States Congress

House of Representatives

Committee of Ways and Means

 

The Committee of Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Members of the Ways and Means Committee cannot serve on any other House Committees, though they can apply for a waiver from their party’s congressional leadership. The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including:

  1. Social Security
  2. Unemployment benefits
  3. Medicare
  4. Enforcement of child support laws
  5. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal welfare program, and
  6. Foster care and adoption programs

The U.S. Constitution requires that all bills regarding taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. Since House procedure is that all bills regarding taxation must go through this committee, the committee is very influential, as is its Senate counterpart, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

Members

Chairman Hon. Kevin Brady (R – TX) 8th Congressional District

http://www.house.gov/brady

Hon. Xavier Becerra (D – CA) 31st Congressional District

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Hon. Mike Bishop (R – MI) 8th Congressional District

http://mikebishop.house.gov

Hon. Diane Black (R – TN) 6th Congressional District

http://black.house.gov

Hon. Earl Blumenauer (D – OR) 3rd Congressional District

http://blumenauer.house.gov

Hon. Vern Buchanan (R – FL) 13th Congressional District

http://buchanan.house.gov

Hon. Judy Chu (D – CA) 27th Congressional District

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Hon. Joseph Crowley (D – NY) 7th Congressional District

http://crowley.house.gov

Hon. Carlos Curbelo (R – FL) 26th Congressional District

http://curbelo.house.gov

Hon. Danny Davis (D – IL) 7th Congressional District

http://davis.house.gov

Hon. Suzan DelBene (D – WA) 1st Congressional District

http://delbene.house.gov

Hon. Lloyd Doggett (D – TX) 25th Congressional District

http://doggett. House.gov

Hon. Brian Higgins (D – NY) 26th Congressional District

http://higgins.house.gov

Hon. George Holding (R – NC) 2nd Congressional District

http://holding.house.gov

Hon. Lynn Jenkins (R – KS) 2nd Congressional District

http://lynnjenkins.house.gov

Hon. Sam Johnson (R – TX) 3rd Congressional District

http://www.samjohnson.house.gov

Hon. Mike Kelly (R – PA) 3rd Congressional District

http://kelly.house.gov

Hon. Ron Kind (D – WI) 3rd Congressional District

http://www.kind.house.gov

Hon. John B. Larson (D – CT) 1st Congressional District

http://larson.house.gov

Sander M. Levin (D – MI) 9th Congressional District

http://www.house.gov/levin

Hon. John Lewis (D – GA) 5th Congressional District

http://lewis.house.gov

Hon. Kenny Marchant (R- TX) 24th Congressional District

http://marchant.house.gov

Hon. Pat Meehan (R – PA) 7th Congressional District

http://meehan.house.gov

Ranking Member Hon. Richard E. Neal (D – MA) 1st Congressional District

http://www.house.gov/neal

Hon. Kristi Noem (R – SD) At-Large Congressional District

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Hon. Devin Nunes (R – CA) 21st Congressional District

http://nunes.house.gov

Hon. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D – NJ) 9th Congressional District

http://pascrell.house.gov

Hon. Erik Paulsen (R – MN) 3rd Congressional District

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Hon. Tom Reed (R – NY) 23rd Congressional District

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Hon. Dave G. Reichert (R – WA) 8th Congressional District

http://reichert.house.gov

Hon. Jim Renacci (R – OH) 16th Congressional District

http://renacci.house.gov

Hon. Tom Rice (R – SC) 7th Congressional District

http://rice.house.gov

Hon. Peter J. Roskam (R – IL) 6th Congressional District

http://roskam.house.gov

Hon. Linda Sanchez (D – CA) 38th Congressional District

http://lindasanchez.house.gov

Hon. David Schweikert (R – AZ) 6th Congressional District

http://schweikert.house.gov

Hon. Terri Sewell (D – AL) 7th Congressional District

http://sewell. House.gov

Hon. Adrian Smith (R – NE) 3rd Congressional District

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Hon. Jason T. Smith (R – MO) 8th Congressional District

http://jasonsmith.house.gov

Hon. Mike Thompson (D – CA) 5th Congressional District

http://mikethompson.house.gov

Hon. Pat Tiberi (R – OH) 12th Congressional District

http://tiberi.house.gov

Hon. Jackie Walorski (R – IN) 2nd Congressional District

http://walorski.house.gov