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.
July 28, 1994 |
Kaiser-Permanente, the largest health maintenance organization in the nation, has won a special break from a congressional committee that would exempt it from a critical element of federal health care reform, lobbyists and congressional sources said Wednesday. The huge Oakland-based health system, which provides coverage for 4.
June 2, 1994 |
When the House Ways and Means Committee gets back to work on health care legislation next week, it will have a new chairman--but the same set of problems to face. Knowing that he likely would be forced to relinquish leadership of the panel because of looming criminal charges, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) had worked feverishly in recent weeks to make as much progress as possible.