Committee on Ways and Means

Dave Camp

Report Finds U.S. Experienced Worst Jobs Recovery Ever While EUC Paid Out Record Levels of Benefits

2014/08/29

Washington, DC – Today, on the eve of Labor Day weekend, the House Ways and Means Committee released a report on the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, which expired in December 2013, and its impact on job growth.  The report finds that job growth weakened while EUC paid out record levels of benefits, but has strengthened since EUC expired.  This year marks the first Labor Day since 2007 that the federal government is not operating the EUC program.

This report reviews the EUC program from several perspectives, including:

1. How EUC compares with prior federal unemployment benefit programs;
2. How EUC affected employment while it operated;
3. How employment changed following EUC's expiration; and
4. Lessons for future policymakers based on the EUC experience.

The full report can be read here.

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Reason #27: Economic Conditions of Today's Youth Brand Them a "Lost Generation"

2014/08/26

Economic Conditions of Today’s Youth Brand Them a “Lost Generation.”  Years after the recession officially ended, many young high school graduates are not engaged in work or school, which will result in significantly lower lifetime earnings.

Sources: Economic Policy Institute, "The Class of 2013: Young Graduates Still Face Dim Job Prospects," Chart F; and Wall Street Journal, Wanted: Jobs for the New 'Lost' Generation (September 14, 2013)

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As introduced on June 17, 2014, Ways and Means Chairman Camp is listing 40 reasons for the Senate to pass the 40 jobs bills the House has already approved.  The reasons define the distress Americans continue to feel in the “new normal” of high unemployment and weak job creation resulting from Obama Administration economic policies. 

View the prior reasons here.

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Reason #26: Democrats’ $1 Trillion Stimulus Didn’t Create Construction Jobs Like They Promised

2014/08/19

Democrats’ $1 Trillion Stimulus Didn’t Create Construction Jobs Like They Promised.  In January 2009, the Administration promised their stimulus would create over 800,000 construction jobs by December 2010.  Instead, under this Administration, over 500,000 construction jobs have been lost.

Sources: January 2009 Romer/Bernstein Report ("Predicted With Stimulus”), and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (“Actual”).

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As introduced on June 17, 2014, Ways and Means Chairman Camp is listing 40 reasons for the Senate to pass the 40 jobs bills the House has already approved.  The reasons define the distress Americans continue to feel in the “new normal” of high unemployment and weak job creation resulting from Obama Administration economic policies. 

View the prior reasons here.

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Reason #25: Democrats’ $1 Trillion Stimulus Didn’t Create Manufacturing Jobs Like They Promised

2014/08/12

Democrats’ $1 Trillion Stimulus Didn’t Create Manufacturing Jobs Like They Promised.  In January 2009, the Administration promised their stimulus would create over 400,000 manufacturing jobs by December 2010.  Instead, under this Administration, that many manufacturing jobs have been lost.

Sources: January 2009 Romer/Bernstein Report ("Predicted with Stimulus”), and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (“Actual”).

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As introduced on June 17, 2014, Ways and Means Chairman Camp is listing 40 reasons for the Senate to pass the 40 jobs bills the House has already approved.  The reasons define the distress Americans continue to feel in the “new normal” of high unemployment and weak job creation resulting from Obama Administration economic policies. 

View the prior reasons here.

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Camp Applauds Michigan’s Efforts to Encourage People with Disabilities to be Engaged in the Workforce

2014/08/11

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) made the following statement on the release of the “Better Off Working: Disability Reform Work Group Strategic Plan” by the Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Disability Determination Service, and the Disability Network and Michigan Employers:

"I applaud the Michigan Department of Human Services as well as the disability community and employers who assembled this strategic plan.  Its goal is the right one – to help more of our fellow citizens with disabilities share their talents and skills in the workplace.  As the report outlines, that will require better coordinating government and private resources to promote work by recognizing and supporting the skills those with disabilities bring to a job.  Achieving such change isn’t easy, but as the report makes clear, the benefits for people will disabilities – as well as the rest of our community – are profound.  Again, this strategic plan is an excellent start, and one that policymakers in Washington D.C., Lansing and every other state capital should review closely."

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Brady Releases Draft Bill to Protect Medicare, Encourages Stakeholders to Submit Comments

2014/08/07

Washington, DC – Today, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the Protecting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2014 (PIMA), a discussion draft aimed at combating fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare program so that it can better serve Americans.

Upon releasing the discussion draft, Chairman Brady made the following statement:

"I’m pleased to release a discussion draft of the Protecting Integrity in Medicare Act (PIMA) of 2014.  This draft bill builds off the bipartisan work highlighted during an April 2014 Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing and is an important step to taking a strong stand against the rampant fraud, waste, and abuse that currently plagues the Medicare program.
 
"Every senior in America is affected by Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse.  It is devastating for those personally harmed, drives up premiums and hastens insolvency for others.  Members from both sides of the aisle have bills and ideas to address the system’s deficiencies to better protect seniors from fraud, waste, and abuse.  
 
"According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), $44 billion of the $574 billion Medicare paid to providers in 2012 was lost to improperly paid claims or fraudulent activity.  The current system of pay-and-chase is clearly not working.  Larger system changes are still needed, but the policies crafted here take steps to kick-start the process.
 
"This draft includes bipartisan priorities, ranging from finally removing social security numbers from Medicare cards, a priority for Sam Johnson and Lloyd Doggett, to provisions of Peter Roskam’s bipartisan PRIME Act which would increase efficiencies and education for providers to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse within the system.
 
"This is a discussion draft.  We look forward to hearing from stakeholders with their comments and concerns.  I also look forward to working with my colleagues in the House, on a bipartisan basis, to strengthen this legislation to ensure we can get strong, anti-fraud provision signed into law this year.   Our goal is for the legislation to save money but, at a minimum, it needs to be cost neutral.   
 
"The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has done some good work that moves in the right direction, but we must do more to protect the Medicare program and our nation’s seniors."

Chairman Brady welcomes stakeholders to submit questions or comments on the discussion draft to nyu@mail.house.gov by September 1, 2014.

A summary of the discussion draft can be viewed here.

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Reason #24: Most Job Growth during the “Recovery” in Lower-Wage Occupations

2014/08/05

Most Job Growth during the “Recovery” in Lower-Wage Occupations.  The mid- and high-wage jobs lost during the recession were replaced by lower-wage jobs.

Source: National Employment Law Project, The Low-Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality.

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As introduced on June 17, 2014, Ways and Means Chairman Camp is listing 40 reasons for the Senate to pass the 40 jobs bills the House has already approved.  The reasons define the distress Americans continue to feel in the “new normal” of high unemployment and weak job creation resulting from Obama Administration economic policies. 

View the prior reasons here.

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GAO Finds Railroad Retirement Disability Program Fails to Prevent Fraud

2014/08/01

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) today released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding the Railroad Retirement Board’s (RRB) total and permanent (T&P) disability program, financed in part by Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) revenues, lacks safeguards to prevent fraud.  

“With reports like these it’s no wonder that Americans are losing confidence in Social Security and the federal government as a whole.  It’s time for the Railroad Retirement Board and Social Security to get serious about stopping those who don’t deserve disability benefits from getting them in the first place,” Johnson urged.  “Hardworking taxpayers and those truly deserving of the benefits want, need, and deserve no less.”

The RRB’s T&P disability benefits are based on the same definition and the same criteria as Social Security uses for the DI program.  But, poor quality medical information and few oversight controls led the GAO to find that the RRB is unable to ensure the integrity of its process system-wide and that no program risks have been addressed.

The GAO found that the RRB lacked accurate earnings data, did not require cases to be reviewed by a secondary source, lacked a quality assurance review program and accuracy goals, and put little emphasis, such as agency wide staff training on identifying and preventing fraud.  

In 2012, the RRB awarded $276 million in T&P benefits.  Under current law these benefits are financed through the RRB and the SSA resulting in DI revenues funding 79 percent of benefits in 2012.

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Camp, Nunes Statements on Failure to Adopt Trade Facilitation Agreement

2014/08/01

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made the following statements on the failure to adopt the Trade Facilitation Agreement protocol in Geneva:

Rep. Camp:  "India’s actions last night to bring down implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement are completely unacceptable and put into doubt its credibility as a responsible trading partner.  As we determine next steps, I am committed to the WTO as an institution, and I hope that we can salvage the Trade Facilitation Agreement, either with or without India." 

Rep. Nunes:  "It's one thing for a country to be a tough negotiator.  It is entirely another to agree to a deal with your trading partners, and then just simply walk away months later, insisting instead on one-sided changes.  That’s what India has done here by going back on its word, running the risk of eliminating any sense of good will toward it."

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Markup of: H.R. 647, "ABLE Act of 2013"

2014/07/31


Reason #23: Near Record Numbers of Poor Children

2014/07/31

Near Record Numbers of Poor Children.  The number of children living in poverty is near record levels, which were first set when the measure was created in 1959.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.

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As introduced on June 17, 2014, Ways and Means Chairman Camp is listing 40 reasons for the Senate to pass the 40 jobs bills the House has already approved.  The reasons define the distress Americans continue to feel in the “new normal” of high unemployment and weak job creation resulting from Obama Administration economic policies. 

View the prior reasons here.


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Chairman Reichert Announces Hearing on Subsidized Job Programs and their Effectiveness in Helping Families Go to Work and Escape Poverty

2014/07/30


Chairman Tiberi Announces Hearing on Dynamic Analysis of the Tax Reform Act of 2014

2014/07/30


Chairman Nunes Announces Hearing on Advancing the U.S. Trade Agenda: Trade with Africa and the African Growth and Opportunity Act

2014/07/29


Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on What Workers Need to Know About Social Security as They Plan for Their Retirement

2014/07/29


Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on the Future of Medicare Advantage Health Plans

2014/07/24


Boustany Announces Hearing on the Integrity of the Affordable Care Act’s Premium Tax Credit

2014/07/23


Chairman Nunes Announces Hearing on Advancing the U.S. Trade Agenda: The World Trade Organization

2014/07/16


Markup of: H. Res. 645, “Requesting that the President of the United States transmit to the House of Representatives copies of any emails in the possession of the Executive Office of the President that were transmitted to or from the email account(s) of former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner between January 2009 and April 2011.”; H. Res. 647, “Directing the Secretary of the Treasury to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of any emails in the possession of the Department that were transmitted to or from the email account(s) of former Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner between January 2009 and April 2011.”; H.R. 5021, “Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.”

2014/07/10


Markup of: H.R. 3393, "Student and Family Tax Simplification Act"; H.R. 4935, "Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014"

2014/06/25


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Membership

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Charles Boustany

LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Dave Camp

MICHIGAN's 4th DISTRICT

Jim Gerlach

PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

Tim Griffin

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Lynn Jenkins

KANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Erik Paulsen

MINNESOTA's 3rd DISTRICT

Tom Price

GEORGIA's 6th DISTRICT

Tom Reed

NEW YORK's 23rd DISTRICT

Dave Reichert

WASHINGTON's 8th DISTRICT

Jim Renacci

OHIO's 16th DISTRICT

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Paul Ryan

WISCONSIN's 1st DISTRICT

Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Pat Tiberi

OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

Todd Young

INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT