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  • BREAKING: House Ways and Means Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner For Criminal Charges

    04/09/2014 10:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to 23-14 along party lines to refer former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution. Although the details about exactly what charges will be have not yet been released, lawmakers are arguing Lerner has not been truthful with Congress or the IRS inspector general and leaked confidential tax information. Last time a referral like this happened, it was to Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens, who was pursued by the Department of Justice for lying to Congress but was exonerated in court....
  • BREAKING: Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner for Possible Criminal Prosecution

    04/09/2014 9:29:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/9/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 14 today to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to Attorney General Eric Holder for possible criminal prosecution. In a contentious open-to-the-public hearing that lasted only few minutes, the House Ways and Means Committee voted this morning to immediately go into a closed session to discuss a letter proposed by the committee’s majority to refer former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. When Ranking Member Sander Levin (D.-Mich.), seeking to make a point of order, repeatedly interrupted Chairman Dave Camp’s (R.-Mich.)...
  • [Arkansas Republican Tim] Griffin named to Ways and Means Committee

    11/30/2012 5:33:20 PM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 21 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | November 30, 2012 | Andrew DeMillo
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Rep. Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican, was named Friday to the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, a move that he says rules out a run for governor or the Senate in 2014. The panel announced that Griffin, who represents central Arkansas' 2nd District, was among four new Republican members. It is the chief tax-writing committee and members are not allowed to serve on other committees unless they receive a waiver from congressional leaders. Griffin is the first congressman from Arkansas to serve on the panel since 1992 and the first Republican from the...
  • public comment DEADLINE is September 26.

    09/12/2012 11:47:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    CCHF ^ | 9-12-12 | twila brase
    The public comment DEADLINE is September 26. There are just 2 weeks for you to tell the U.S. House committee what you think about the federal takeover of health care using health insurance exchanges. Written public testimony -- however brief -- will be accepted until Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EASTERN. Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing on Obamacare's government health insurance exchanges (federal takeover centers). They selected five testifiers, and only one is likely to oppose the exchanges. That's why your help is needed.
  • Paul Ryan, Aiming for Ways & Means Instead of VP?

    06/27/2012 11:54:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/27/2012 | Erin McPike
    JANESVILLE, Wis. -- In a recent Washington Post story on Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and his vice presidential aspirations, a passage about another Capitol Hill lawmaker stood out: "Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell [have] also emerged as fixtures in the vice presidential discussion, with Ryan especially portrayed as a kindred spirit of [Mitt] Romney’s, someone able to finish the top man’s sentences and make him laugh. Romney and Ryan had met privately last autumn to talk about economic policy and deficits, said someone close to the candidate." Maneuvering by Romney’s presidential campaign suggest that...
  • Rostenkowski's downfall charted in newly released FBI files

    06/30/2011 8:06:59 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Per records, powerful congressman offered to quit, then fought allegations ### Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, and U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski attend a news conference together in 1993. Daley praised the longtime congressman after his death last August. ************* The theft of just $7,000 by a stamp clerk in the U.S. House Post Office mushroomed into a federal investigation that brought down one of the most powerful congressmen in the country, the late Daniel Rostenkowski of Chicago, according to records released Thursday by the FBI. The documents reveal that the FBI in 1992 was told by a "reliable source" that...
  • Rep. Charlie Rangel charged with ethics violations

    07/23/2010 3:08:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A House investigative committee on Thursday charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations, a blow to the former Ways and Means chairman and an election-year headache for Democrats. The committee did not immediately specify the charges against the Democrat, who has served in the House for some 40 years and is fourth in House seniority. The announcement by a four-member panel of the House ethics committee sends the case to a House trial, where a separate eight-member panel of Republicans and Democrats will decide whether the violations can be proved by clear and convincing evidence.
  • New Ways and Means Chair Rushes to Fix Tax Problem Uncovered By Press

    03/07/2010 8:55:27 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 58+ views
    The Lid/RollCall ^ | 3/7/2010 | The Lid
    Sander Levin-D Michigan, the brand spanking new Chairman of the most powerful House Ways and Means Committee, (who took over for the crazy Pete Stark, whose short one day tenure was a replacement for tax-dodging, rules breaking Charlie Rangel) had some property tax issues of his own. Well he had them until Friday when he was contacted by Roll Call and rushed to repay a Maryland property-tax credit Friday that he should not have received.
  • Why Pete Stark is staying put

    03/04/2010 1:04:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies · 894+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/4/10 | Josh Richman
    Rep. Pete Stark won't become interim chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Stark, D-Fremont, was the next-most-senior Democrat on the tax-writing committee after former Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., 79, who temporarily stepped aside Wednesday pending the conclusion of an Ethics Committee probe into his corporate-paid travel. House rules said Stark, 78, would automatically ascend to the chair unless he declined, or unless House Democrats voted to pass him over. But other Democrats on the committee reportedly were concerned about Stark's hot-tempered tendencies — which has included some eye-watering tirades and blunt speech on the House floor, in...
  • Second Ways and Means boss ousted; Levin replaces Stark

    03/04/2010 12:37:21 PM PST · by Justaham · 28 replies · 1,970+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3-4-10 | Jay Heflin
    Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) will be the acting chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced to her caucus on Thursday. The startling announcement comes a day after Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) appeared ready to take the reins of the committee from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). Stark was the next in line for the post in terms of seniority, but some panel members recoiled at the idea of his leading the committee. Stark is known for making controversial and eccentric remarks, and in 2007 he apologized on the House floor for comments about President George W....
  • Second Ways & Means boss ousted; Levin replaces liberal Stark

    03/04/2010 7:42:26 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies · 2,553+ views
    Second Ways & Means boss ousted; Levin replaces liberal Stark By Jay Heflin - 03/04/10 09:57 AM ET Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that Rep. Sander Levin will be the interim Ways and Means panel chairman. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) said Pelosi made the announcement at a meeting of the caucus this morning. Etheridge said Ways and Means members gave their unanimous backing to Levin, a Michigan Democat who has been chairman of the subcommittee on trade. "Pelosi announced it in the caucus and the Ways and Means Committee just unanimously approved it," Etheridge said. The startling announcement comes a...
  • Democrats Unsure Whether Stark Fit to Replace Rangel on Tax Committee

    03/04/2010 7:08:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies · 864+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2010
    House Democrats on the powerful Ways and Means Committee are meeting Thursday to decide whether short-fused Rep. Pete Stark should take over as chairman for Rep. Charlie Rangel, with questions being raised about the California Democrat's temperament. Though Stark is the next most-senior member on the panel and was said to be in line for the post after Rangel stepped aside amid an ethics probe Wednesday, many Democrats are fretting that Stark is too volatile to lead such an important committee. His racially, sexually and politically charged remarks have gotten him in trouble in the past. Rep. Danny Davis,...
  • Stark Raving Stark

    03/04/2010 6:59:49 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 18 replies · 874+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/3/2010 | David Hogberg
    With Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., temporarily stepping down as chairman of the House Committee of Ways and Means under an ethics cloud, it appears Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark, D-Calif., will take his place. Stark is a “colorful” fellow, to say the least. Below are some of his more entertaining moments.
  • Out as Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Charlie Rangel is sad, lost and alone in his own thoughts

    03/04/2010 4:38:41 AM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies · 2,700+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 4, 2010 | Richard Sisk
    Charlie Rangel was alone and lost Wednesday, an aging and now powerless pol who didn't know where to go or what to do. He had made a wrong turn coming out of a memorial service for another old bull of the House, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), and was by himself under the vast and majestic expanse of the Capitol dome. The usual scurrying aides, the armload of briefing papers, the multiple cell phones and other trappings of influence were gone. Capitol guards eyed Rangel with concern as he wandered toward unfamiliar territory on the Senate side, but they kept...
  • Pete Stark grabs House by the purse strings

    03/03/2010 3:48:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 665+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/3/10 | Josh Richman
    Rep. Pete Stark took the gavel of one of the House's most powerful committees today — at least temporarily. Stark, D-Fremont, will be interim chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over all taxation and other revenue-raising measures, as well as other programs such as Social Security; Medicare; unemployment benefits; foster care and adoption programs; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal welfare program; and child-support enforcement. The committee's second-most-senior Democrat, Stark has served as the Health Subcommittee's chairman. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., temporarily gave up the committee's chair Wednesday, days after the House Ethics Committee publicly...
  • If the old Ways and Means chairman was crooked, the new one (Pete Stark) is crazy

    03/03/2010 11:14:59 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 558+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2010 | David Freddoso
    Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., is taking over for Rep. Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., as the latter eases into a questionably voluntary leave of absence from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee under a cloud of multiple scandals. What sort of chairman will Stark be? Try extremely thin-skinned and...to edit myself for charity, "volatile." That is not intended to be a slur -- it's just true. Don't take my word for it. Here's a video of Stark telling a constituent...well, you have to hear it for yourself, you really won't believe it if I write it out: In...
  • No Joke or Exaggeration-Rangel's Replacement Pete Stark is a Raving Lunatic

    03/03/2010 10:42:06 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 779+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/3/2010 | The Lid
    File this under, be careful what you wish for. As expected Charlie Rangel temporarily stepped down from the Chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee this morning. His replacement Pete Stark who is just a few fries short of a happy meal. The Hill's description is a bit more gentle. The 19-term Democrat has a penchant for making controversial remarks, and when Republicans controlled the House, Stark challenged then Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) to a fight during a Ways and Means Committee hearing Truth is this guy is CRAZY, he has thin-skin and is constantly exploding publicly into racial...
  • Rangel's replacement: Pete Stark

    03/03/2010 8:48:29 AM PST · by jessduntno · 53 replies · 1,361+ views
    politico ^ | 5 mins ago
    California Rep. Pete Stark — a controversial lawmaker who has a history of volatile comments about Republicans — is now chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, automatically moving up from the second slot after New York Democrat Charles Rangel relinquished his gavel Wednesday morning. It would take an affirmative action of the House to remove Stark and replace him with another member of the Ways and Means Committee, according to aides familiar with House operations. Stark, one of the chamber's most liberal, partisan and pugnacious members, has had his own recent run-in with the ethics committee, exhibiting bizarre behavior...
  • Charlie Rangel is Going Step Down

    03/02/2010 8:44:20 PM PST · by discocrico · 12 replies · 919+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2010 | Thomas Ferraro
    Three Democratic leadership aides told Reuters they were unable to confirm or comment on the NBC report. A fourth indicated that no immediate announcements were planned. NBC quoted a Democratic House member as saying the party did not have the votes to save Rangel, who has faces calls from Republicans and some Democrats to step down as chairman. Representative Sander Levin of Michigan or Representative Pete Stark of California may temporarily take over as chairman, NBC said, citing congressional leadership sources. NBC quoted unidentified sources as saying Rangel has been encouraged to step aside before the House votes on a...
  • Reports Are Wrong ! Charlie Rangel Has Not Stepped Down--Yet (Updated)

    03/02/2010 6:10:26 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 16 replies · 426+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 3/2/2010 | The Lid
    First it was NBC and then ABC and the internet went crazy, the reports all said that America's dirtiest Congressman was about to give up his Chairmanship of the most powerful committee in the House, The Ways and Means Committee. After being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., will give his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, NBC News has learned. The top spot may temporarily go to Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., according to leadership sources, or to Rep. Pete Stark of California, the committee's second-ranking Democrat....
  • Democrats Begin Abandoning Charlie Rangel After Ethics Smack-Down

    02/26/2010 11:28:45 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 17 replies · 689+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/26/10 | The Lid
    Last night the House Ethics Committee publicly admonished Charlie Rangel, the House Ways and Means Committee Charmian for participating in junkets to the Caribbean sponsored by corporations and lobbyists and violating house rules by letting corporations pay for his Caribbean trips. One of the sponsors of the Junkets in question was Citigroup -- a banking giant whose employees and political action committee, when taken together, represent his most generous campaign donor during the past two decades. Also Opensecrets.com reports that Rangel ranks among the top all-time congressional and presidential beneficiaries of Citigroup's political donations. Rangel on the other hand, claims...
  • Charlie Rangel: Violating Ethics For Almost 40 Years

    10/04/2009 2:47:19 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 507+ views
    NY POST/The Lid ^ | 10/4/09 | The Lid
    Maybe when City College of NY is done building Charlie Rangel's favorite Pork project, the $1.95 million, federal earmark funded Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service one of the first courses they could teach is "Playing Fast and Loose with Ethics 101." This past year, Americans have gotten to see the true nature of Congressman Rangel. He may have been a public servant for almost 40 years, but throughout that time he has found ways to enrich his favorite constituent, Charlie Range. In September of 2008 he admitted a failure to report $75 thousand in taxes. What has followed...
  • Charlie Rangel's Funky Rental Income Story

    09/13/2009 8:37:07 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 568+ views
    NY Post/The Lid ^ | 9/13/09 | The Lid
    Sometimes there is nothing like a good fantasy, movies like Princess Bride, Wizard of Oz are classics for children and adults alike. Fantasy is not supposed to be a way to describe the reports filed by politician, but in the case of Charlie Rangel, chairman of the house Ways and Means committee fantasy is the only way to describe them. Much has been written about Rangel's revised financial disclosure form and all that new income that mysteriously turned up in his latest report. One of Rangel's properties that was was shown to earn income in Charlie's revised report, but in...
  • Why Pelosi is Supporting Charlie Rangel

    09/05/2009 9:48:35 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 540+ views
    Politico/The Lid ^ | 9/6/09 | The Lid
    Remember when Nancy Pelosi made that famous promise? "This will be the most ethical congress ever." Despite all the evidence that Rangel should be taking a "perp walk" rather than the position of Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Pelosi says she is waiting for the House Ethics Committee to complete its wide-ranging investigation before she makes a decision about Rangel..Why is Pelosi supporting Charlie Rangel and ignoring the volume of evidence against him? Its not because of any long standing friendship of loyalty, its because she needs to protect her own political butt:
  • Boehner calls on Rangel to step down from Ways and Means chairmanship

    09/04/2009 3:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has renewed his call for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. “When it comes to the relationship between the American people and those they elect to serve them, trust is everything,” Boehner wrote in a letter to Rangel sent Friday. “This is especially true at a difficult time such as this for our nation, when Americans are looking to their government for leadership and solutions, and finding both in short supply. “For this reason, I am writing to again respectfully urge that you step aside as...
  • Building Pressure On Charlie Rangel to Resign Chairmanship

    09/04/2009 10:32:41 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 401+ views
    Roll Call/The Lid ^ | 9/4/09 | The Lid
    Remember that promise made by Nancy Pelosi? "This will be the most ethical congress ever." There are many examples of how that was an empty promise, the latest of which is her support of Charlie Rangel. Despite all the evidence that Rangel should be taking a "perp walk" rather than the position of Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Pelosi says she is waiting for the House Ethics Committee to complete its wide-ranging investigation before she makes a decision about Rangel. Others are Not waiting. Today the left wing newspaper, The Washington Post repeated its call for...
  • Sorry, Charlie Rep. Rangel must step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    09/04/2009 12:45:18 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies · 1,042+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 3, 2009
    FOR POLITICIANS with major bad news to release or to make public, there's no time like the dead of August to do it. The thinking goes that the public won't remember a thing come September. We hope Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) will have no such luck. His belated revelation of previously unreported income, property and bank accounts demands that he step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account...
  • Charlie Rangel, The Ultimate Congressional Hypocrite

    09/01/2009 5:43:34 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 360+ views
    NY Post/The Lid ^ | 9/1/09 | The Lid
    Charlie Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee that writes the tax law, wants the IRS to get tough on taxpayers even if they make unintentional mistakes. Yes THAT Charlie Rangel. The one who is constantly getting caught "forgetting" about his income. * In September he admitted a failure to report $75 thousand in taxes. * He was discovered taking a tax break for people whose primary residence was in Washington DC, but if his primary residence was in DC he couldn't be congressman representing NYC. And besides, he was occupying four rent controlled controlled...
  • Rangeling up Some Cash

    08/28/2009 6:00:29 PM PDT · by Sockdologer · 7 replies · 350+ views
    South Dakota Politics ^ | August 28, 2009 | Miranda Flint
    The Wall Street Journal says that Charlie Rangel has “won the personal lottery.” Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means committee, is now being investigated for failing to report up to $780,000 in income and assets. Those who defend Rangel claim that this was an accident. But Larry Kudlow wants to know how it is possible that someone does not know he has a $500,000 checking account. It is, of course, possible that Rangel made a mistake (or rather, several mistakes). But even if that is all he did, his actions have serious implications for the healthcare debate. The Democrats...
  • Chalie Rangel's Latest Scam-He "Forgot" he Owned a Million Dollar House

    08/28/2009 8:14:20 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 15 replies · 744+ views
    NY POST/The Lid ^ | 8/28/09 | The Lid
    Maybe its just a matter of not being able to relate, after all, I don't own a house worth one Million Dollars and I don't think I know anyone with a house like that, but how the hell do you forget you own a home worth a million dollars? Well Charlie Rangel Forgot ! Earlier this week the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the group that writes the tax law, admitted that his financial disclosure forms omitted about half his net worth. Most of that missed net worth comes in the form of one Town House worth...
  • Ways and Means Committee Markup of H.R. 3200 "America's Affordable Health Choices Act"

    08/23/2009 4:51:06 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 12 replies · 1,160+ views
    waysandmeans.house.gov ^ | 07/16/09 | waysandmeans.house.gov/Camp
    (Text of Amendments and Votes @ link) Democrats Refuse to Let Americans Keep the Insurance They Have and Like 2 out of 3 will lose their health insurance Democrats voted against an amendment offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to strike the government-run plan. When speaking before the American Medical Association, President Obama stated that, “If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” However, the Democrats government-run plan breaks this promise. According to two independent studies: The government-run plan will result in...
  • Congressmen On Milk Cartons?

    08/18/2009 5:29:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 840+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Scores of congressmen and women are trying to hide from their constituents this August recess as the revolt over ObamaCare continues. If you haven't seen him or her lately, you might try your refrigerator.IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For FailureIt's amazing how frightened of the community the party of the great community organizer has become now that the community has organized itself against his attempt to impose socialized medicine on the country. They cheered when he told them to get in the faces of their opponents. Now they won't show their faces, period. Senate Majority Whip Dick...
  • Rangel to Remain as Committee Chief

    09/16/2008 11:25:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 361+ views
    Rangel to Remain as Committee Chief By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI and RAYMOND HERNANDEZ Representative Charles B. Rangel will not step down from the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, despite pressure from Republicans and others who say his leadership is being undermined by his swirling ethical problems. Mr. Rangel’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday that the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, supports his decision to remain in the chairmanship. The announcement came after Mr. Rangel, the 78-year-old Harlem Democrat, met behind closed doors on Monday with the speaker and other party leaders. Mr. Davis...
  • More Errors For Rep. Rangel; Hires New Account (Pelosi won't strip him of Ways&Means chairmanship)

    09/15/2008 9:54:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 182+ views
    WCBSTV.com ^ | 9/15/08 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBS) - A new set of potential problems in Rep. Charles Rangel's financial papers has prompted the tax-writing lawmaker to decide to hire a forensic accounting expert to try to unravel the mess. Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is already the subject of ethics committee investigations on several fronts, including unreported income and unpaid taxes on his beach house in the Dominican Republic. Despite Republican calls for Rangel to be stripped of his Ways and Means Committee chairmanship, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CBS 2 HD it is not going...
  • Dems keep Jefferson off Ways and Means

    12/12/2006 11:59:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,759+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/06 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Democrats, insistent that they will hold lawmakers to higher standards, decided Tuesday that Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) will not return to an influential committee until a federal corruption investigation involving him is completed. Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi said the Democratic Steering Committee had resolved that Jefferson, who last Saturday won a runoff election in his New Orleans district, will not be given back his spot on the Ways and Means Committee, the panel that determines tax and trade policies. At Pelosi's urging, the House last June stripped Jefferson of his committee assignment because of the...
  • CBC wants (Cold Cash) Jefferson’s seat restored

    12/12/2006 4:03:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies · 895+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2006 | Alexander Bolton
    The Congressional Black Caucus is planning to press Democratic leaders to reinstate Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to the Ways and Means Committee, raising the thorny question of how leaders will handle the fate of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), who has also come under ethical scrutiny. If incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow leaders decide to keep Jefferson off Ways and Means, they could open themselves to charges of following a double standard by allowing Mollohan to become chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, as he is now poised to do. Top Democrats are dealing with questions regarding what to do...
  • Jefferson refuses to quit Ways and Means (in reply to Pelosi request)

    05/24/2006 12:06:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 104 replies · 2,485+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/06 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democrats sought to get embattled Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) to resign his seat on the House's most prestigious committee. "In the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee," wrote House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in the one-sentence correspondence. The Louisiana Democrat was defiant. "With respect, I decline to do so," he wrote back to Pelosi."I will not give up a committee assignment that is so vital to New Orleans at this crucial time for any uncertain,...
  • Nancy Pelosi Has Asked Rep. William Jefferson to quit the Ways and Means Committee. (Breaking!)

    05/24/2006 9:46:51 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 210 replies · 6,560+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked embattled Rep. William Jeffereson to quit the Ways and Means Committee.
  • CA: Ways and Means chairman to disclose re-election plans - Bill Thomas, R-Ca. - announces retiremen

    03/06/2006 9:38:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 260+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/6/06 | Erica Werner - ap
    Republican Rep. Bill Thomas, chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, was set to announce Monday whether he would retire from Congress or seek a 15th term. Thomas, 64, scheduled a morning news conference in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., amid speculation that he would leave the House of Representatives. Because of House Republicans' self-imposed term limits for committee chairmen, the mercurial but brainy former college professor is serving his last year as head of the powerful committee that writes tax laws. GOP officials are working under the assumption that Thomas will retire, according to a Republican election...
  • Ease corporate tax load

    03/13/2004 7:09:17 AM PST · by phil_will1 · 29 replies · 238+ views
    USA Today ^ | March 12, 2004 | Bill Thomas
    <p>The United States imposes on its businesses and workers one of the highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world. In addition to this high tax rate, rising health care costs, virtually unlimited liability exposure and the outdated manner in which U.S. businesses are taxed on their worldwide income have combined to put American companies and American workers in a dangerously uncompetitive position.</p>
  • HOW TO GET A TAX CUT

    05/07/2003 12:01:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 429+ views
    It is a mystery why the Bush administration continues to press for full elimination of taxes on dividends when it has been clear for weeks that this is untenable, given the limited amount of revenue available under the congressional budget resolution, says Bruce Bartlett. By continuing to press for its plan -- no matter how stupidly it is implemented, perhaps with long phase-ins and a sunset provision -- it reduces the chances of enacting good supply-side tax measures such as those proposed by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.). The Thomas plan calls for: o Cutting the tax...
  • Statement of the Hon. James G. Huse, Jr., Inspector General, Social Security Administration

    09/21/2002 10:17:14 PM PDT · by ijcr · 5 replies · 289+ views
    House Committee on Ways and Means ^ | September 19, 2002 | Staff
    Hearing on Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves Introduction Good afternoon, Chairman Shaw, Chairman Gekas, Ranking Member Matsui, Ranking Member Jackson Lee, and Members of the Subcommittees on Social Security and Immigration, Border Security, and Claims. I welcome the opportunity to be here today to discuss homeland security as it relates to the integrity of the Social Security number (SSN). This is my seventh appearance before a congressional hearing this year to discuss the importance of extending protections for SSN integrity, and I cannot bring this message to Congress too...
  • Statement of Matthew James Reindl, Operator, Stylecraft Interiors Inc., Great Neck, New York

    09/21/2002 9:56:07 PM PDT · by ijcr · 2 replies · 422+ views
    Subcommittee on Social Security ^ | September 19, 2002 | Staff
    Hearing on Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee: I am extremely honored, and I thank you for the privilege to testify at today’s hearing. My name is Matthew Reindl and I am an operator of a small family owned woodworking factory. I am not a paid lobbyist, and I do not draw a salary from any political or social advocacy group. I believe I am speaking for the tens of thousands of law abiding small business owners, who are being adversely affected, many...
  • Statement of Herman Cain, Chairman, Godfather's Pizza, Inc.,

    05/10/2002 9:49:43 AM PDT · by n-tres-ted · 102 replies · 2,168+ views
    house.gov ^ | May 9, 2002 | Herman Cain
    Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures of the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on the Extraterritorial Income Regime May 9, 2002 Thank you Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. I am Herman Cain, Chairman of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., a chain of 600 small businesses, Chief Executive Officer of T.H.E., Inc., a leadership consulting company, and, I am a member of and speaking on behalf of Americans For Fair Taxation. I appreciate the opportunity to testify before your committee on “promoting the global competitiveness of US businesses in the global market place.” There are two basic...