Ways and Means Committee

Who’s Getting to Write the Tax Bill
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings

How do the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committee members get their assignments?  Political bomb-throwers rarely get the call. Facing a tough campaign is a plus. So are party loyalty and K Street support. Senior editor David Hawkings explains.

Watch: Rep. Reed Stacks Tax Code Books at Markup
 

At a Ways and Means Committee markup on Monday, Republican Rep. Tom Reed presented a hefty stack of tax code and regulation books, comparing it to the length of the GOP tax overhaul bill being discussed.

Watch: Rep. Larson’s Fiery Condemnation of Tax Bill Process
 

Democratic Rep. John B. Larson railed against the GOP tax overhaul efforts at the Ways and Means Committee markup for the bill on Monday, decrying the abbreviated,  “closed-door” process. Republicans have said they want to get the legislation passed in the House before Thanksgiving.

Monday’s House Tax Bill Markup Is Crunch Time for GOP
 

House GOP Tax Bill Keeps 39.6% Rate for High Earners, Cuts Corporate Rate to 20%
Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady gathering feedback for changes to be made before Monday markup

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, seen here during the September rollout of the GOP’s tax overhaul framework. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans’ long-awaited tax overhaul bill will keep the top individual rate at 39.6 percent for high-income earners and will immediately and permanently cut the corporate rate to 20 percent. 

The legislation seeks to revamp the tax code in a major way for the first time since 1986, incorporating long-sought goals of congressional Republicans to keep more money in the pockets of individuals and families and boost incentives for businesses by closing loopholes.

Three Hurdles the GOP Faces on Tax Overhaul

House GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Courts Detractors
Measure seeks to address member concerns on tax credits, Medicaid

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Republicans are moving forward with plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law by releasing their long-awaited bill Monday evening. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans on Monday released long-awaited legislation to repeal and partially replace the 2010 health care law, which has evolved to accommodate various concerns raised about leaked drafts of the bill.

The measure, however, does not have a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, longstanding practice to evaluate the effects of such legislation. The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees are scheduled to mark up their portions of the legislation on Wednesday without the CBO score.

Is Trump Taking Policy Cues From Paul Ryan?
Nod to tax proposal just latest in series of shifts

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Ryan, right, as he arrives on stage while Vice President Mike Pence looks on, at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool)

PHILADELPHIA — In a few short months, Donald Trump has shifted from a candidate who considered Speaker Paul D. Ryan a “very weak and ineffective leader” to a president who seems to be leaning on him to beef up his policy agenda.

A sign of that evolution came Thursday when Trump, speaking before congressional Republicans at their issues retreat here, embraced Ryan’s “border adjustment” proposal to tax U.S. imports instead of exports as a way to pay for his border wall.

House Panel to Consider Tax Exemption for Olympic Medal Winners
Ways and Means Committee will mark up bill in September

A Brazilian soldier keeps watch in front of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up a bill in September that would provide a tax exemption for Olympic athletes who won medals or other prizes at the games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Reps. Robert J. Dold of Illinois and Blake Farenthold of Texas, is the House companion measure to a bill the Senate passed earlier this year.