Like the annual budget, the tax code is a statement of our values. I believe that our tax code should reflect our values. Our tax code should reflect the American values of fairness and opportunity. It should express not only our priorities for today, but also our priorities for the future. After all, it is our responsibility to future generations to leave this country a little better than we found it.
I am a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight. From these positions, I work hard to ensure that our tax code is fair and equitable. Too many people seem prepared to shift the burden of taxes and government onto hardworking American families and small businesses. I will not stand for that. We are all Americans and we all benefit from her resources so we must all pay our fair share.
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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 –
WASHINGTON — Today during the House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R. 1, the House Republican tax cut bill, Reps. John Lewis (GA), Ron Kind (WI), Judy Chu (CA), Suzan K. DelBene (WA), Lloyd Doggett (TX), Brian Higgins (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), and Earl Blumenauer (OR) offered an amendment to restore the “Johnson Amendment”.
This simple amendment would restore the 53-year standard that prohibits religious, nonprofit, charitable, and related organizations from engaging in political activities.
WASHINGTON — Today, the House Ways and Means Committee reconvened to continue markup of irresponsible H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The committee considered eight amendments offered by Democrats. Republicans voted down amendments that would have helped the middle class by extending the child tax credit, encouraging employers to hire veterans, reinstating the adoption tax credit, and taxing corporations at the same rate domestically and abroad. They voted against the middle class. They voted against what is best for America.
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.
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.
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
In anticipation of Tax Day, falling this year on Monday, April 18th, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced three common-sense tax policy improvements. These include H.R. 4912, the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2016; H.R. 4948, the Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2016; and H.R. 4949, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2016.
Improved Taxpayer Services and Protections
Subcommittee Hearing on the 2014 Tax Filing Season
May 7, 2014
(Remarks as Delivered)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important hearing.
Mr. Commissioner, thank you for joining us today, and congratulations to you and the IRS staff on a successful filing season.
Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing. I am pleased to welcome the new Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, to the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.
Mr. Commissioner, you have a tough job ahead of you, and I want to thank you for accepting this challenge. Please know that many of us want to work with you to address the financing, services, and staffing problems facing the IRS.