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February 5, 2014 Press Release

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.

April 10, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. John Lewis castigated the direction of a House Republican hearing today which explored the possibility of default on America’s debt instead of simply raising the debt ceiling.  The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing examining the government’s ability to prioritize its financial obligations while continuing operations, if the U. S. Treasury should reach its statutory debt limit. 

March 11, 2013 Press Release

We all should be encouraged that our economy is showing some signs of vitality.  The Dow Jones average has been high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 246,000 private sector jobs have been added in February alone, and jobs have increased every month for three straight years in that sector, totaling 6.35 million jobs. National unemployment fell last month to the lowest point since December 2008.  All this is encouraging, but we are not out of the woods yet. 

February 20, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Earlier this week, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the formation of a Tax Reform Working group, naming Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), co-chair of the Philanthropy Caucus and ranking member of the W&M Oversight Committee, and Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) to lead the effort.  The working groups will be responsible for compiling public commentary from stakeholders, academics and think tanks, practitioners, the general public and House colleagues.

September 21, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Members Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Pete Stark (D-CA), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Computers for Our Communities Act. This legislation will extend a tax code provision that encourages companies to make donations of computer equipment to public schools and libraries.

May 18, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Long-time peace advocate, Rep. John Lewis scored a victory today by gaining the inclusion of his Cost of War Act H.R. 3088 as an amendment passed en bloc as part of the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.  The Congressman made this statement on the House floor in support of his amendment today:

April 18, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Rep. John Lewis repeated his call for Congress to restore tax fairness for the middle class, beginning with the Buffett Rule.  The Buffett Rule ensures that people making over $1 million per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans.

         "It is simply unfair to ask middle class Americans to pay a higher tax rate than millionaires and billionaires," said Rep. John Lewis.   “People understand the need to sacrifice, but not when they are repeatedly cut to the bone while others are given a break.”

August 26, 2011 Editorial
Yes, we have come a great distance — but we still have a great distance to go. King’s speech was a cogent statement about the need for civil rights, but its deepest purpose was about much more. His dream was about more than racial justice, though racism often represents the greatest moral stain on our society. His dream was about building a society based on simple justice that values the dignity and the worth of every human being.
April 26, 2011 Editorial
The American people have said they want job creation and tax fairness to be a top priority of Congress. They also want us to be fiscally responsible and reduce the deficit, while we preserve important programs like Social Security and Medicare.