December 13, 2006 |
House Democrats, insistent that they will hold lawmakers to higher standards, decided Tuesday that Rep. William J. Jefferson would not return to an influential committee until a federal corruption investigation involving him was completed.
July 1, 1994 |
In a major step forward for the White House, the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday became the third congressional panel to approve a bill designed to achieve President Clinton's goal of providing health insurance for all Americans starting in 1998. The Senate Finance Committee, however, dealt a potentially devastating blow to Clinton's key proposal for universal coverage by rejecting any requirement that employers pay 80% of workers' insurance costs--the so-called employer mandate.
October 9, 1988
The chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee is soliciting some of the nation's largest corporations to contribute a total of $500,000 for a movie to commemorate the panel's 200th anniversary next year, according to the Washington Post. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) said there is "no pressure" on the corporations to give and he dismissed the notion that his influential position gives tax-policy-dependent corporations no choice but to contribute to remain in his good graces.
February 24, 1989 |
The House Ways and Means Committee served notice Thursday that it will oppose President Bush's plan for a reduction in capital gains taxes and also that it will resist changing a hotly controversial surtax imposed on Medicare recipients for protection against costs of catastrophic illness.
June 17, 2006 |
The House voted Friday to strip Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) of a powerful committee assignment, while an effort by the beleaguered Democrat to fight a search of his Capitol Hill office ran into a skeptical federal judge. The voice vote -- without debate or dissent -- to expel Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee appears to be the first time the House has taken such a step against a member who has not been charged with a crime.
January 2, 2001 |
Rep. William M. Thomas (R-Bakersfield), in his bid to become the first Californian to chair one of the House's most important committees, faces a potentially tough problem: Bill Thomas. A 22-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Thomas is widely respected for his intellect, commitment and expertise on the complex issue of Medicare--attributes that serve him well as he seeks to head the Ways and Means Committee.