Ways and Means
Ways and Means is the oldest and most prestigious Committee in Congress. It is responsible for some of the most important issues faced by Congress: tax, trade and tariff, Social Security, Medicare, as well as unemployment benefits, enforcement of child support laws, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), foster care and adoption programs.
In addition to serving on the Human Resources Subcommittee and the Health Subcommittee, I act as the Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee which conducts oversight of all programs within the Jurisdiction of the Full Ways and Means Committee. We have conducted hearings to oversee the activities of the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department, charitable organizations who are given special tax exemption under the Internal Revenue Code, and the administration of the Medicare program.
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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.
ATLANTA – On Monday Rep. February 27 Rep. John Lewis hosted his annual Legislative Luncheon at the Georgia Depot. Every year Lewis brings members of the Georgia State House and Senate together with city officials and local legislators to discuss issues facing the Fifth Congressional district. Legislators share concerns, ideas, build alliances, and develop collaborative strategies to help address the district’s problems.
“President Barack Obama presented an inspiring vision of the future to the Congress and the American people tonight. An America built to last should certainly be the hope of every member of Congress and every citizen of this nation.