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June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made the following statement in response to the administration’s executive order issued today that authorizes the indefinite detention of children in violation of decades of Federal child welfare law:

“Make no mistake:  Today’s executive order fails to address or end this moral crisis.  It merely replaces the unacceptable evil of family separation with the unacceptable evil of child detention. 

November 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — This afternoon, the House Ways and Means Committee passed unprecedented tax cut legislation.  As the only Georgian serving on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Lewis tracked all Committee votes and amendments to ensure that public received timely information.  Following the completion of the four-day markup, Rep. Lewis made the following statement –

November 3, 2017 Page

On December 19 and 20, 2017, Congressional Republicans passed H.R. 1, their bill to cut taxes for the richest Americans and for corporations on the backs of working and middle-class families, students, and seniors.

This plan, first introduced in the House on November 2, affects every American, every taxpayer in current and future generations.  In response to constituent concerns about this bill's impact, the below pages track every aspect of the bill's movement in the House and Senate.  

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – During a series of two House Ways & Means hearings today, Rep. John Lewis railed against the Trump Administration budget.  During the committee’s afternoon hearing with Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin:

“I’ve often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities.  This administration makes it crystal clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly, and the struggling will be left out and left behind.

March 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—During a marathon 18-hour markup of the Ryancare proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee engaged in a long struggle to amend the Ryan alternative.  They were concerned that, as written, the proposal robs the most vulnerable Americans, including millions who were only recently able to afford healthcare due to the ACA, in favor of payoffs to corporate health insurers and the wealthiest Americans.  Ryancare was introduced without a Congressional Budget Office score, so no one knows how much Ryancare will co

March 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today during the Ways & Means markup of Ryancare, intended to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), Rep. Lewis offered an amendment to “certify” that no American would lose their healthcare during the repeal and replace process the Republican majority is advancing. The markup is being managed by the Republican majority in an unusual, piecemeal fashion. One part of the proposal is being debated at a time, instead of debating and evaluating the entire bill, as is generally the procedure. 

February 7, 2017 Press Release

Rep. John Lewis made this statement today in the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on the Social Security Representative Payee Program:

 

Good Morning.  Mr. Chairmen, thank you for holding today’s hearing.  I would also like to thank all the witnesses for being here today.

December 13, 2016 Press Release

      As the cost of war skyrockets and its contribution to the federal deficit continues to increase, it is important that Americans fully understand where their tax dollars are spent and how they are spent.  This accounting is especially important as cuts are proposed to important safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security, as well as to services for the unemployed, elderly, women, families and children. 

June 29, 2016 Page

In just one year, Democrats passed landmark reforms to make the earmark process more transparent and continue to provide increased transparency for the budget, appropriations, and earmark process from both the administration and Congress.  

Under the former system, some earmarks, also known as congressional funding directives, were excessive and unreasonable, but many more supported meaningful, national programs and helped local communities benefit from their federal tax contributions and/ or meet federal mandates. 

June 29, 2016 Page

The annual congressional budget is the blueprint for all federal spending, revenue, and debt limits.  The process begins each year usually in early February when the President sends Congress a proposed budget outlining all federal funding for the upcoming fiscal year. 

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