Ways and Means

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Committee on Ways and Means

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Contact Information

1139 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4021
Fax 202-225-2610
gop-waysandmeans.house.gov

The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution which declares, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

First established as a select committee on July 24, 1789, it was discharged less than two months later. The committee was reappointed from the first session of the Fourth Congress in 1795, and was formally listed as a standing committee in the House Rules on January 7, 1802.

Until 1865, the jurisdiction of the committee (referred to as the Committee of Ways and Means before 1880) included the critically important areas of revenue, appropriations, and banking. Since 1865, the committee has continued to exercise jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States. Revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs have come within Ways and Means’ purview in the 20th century.

The roster of committee members who have gone on to serve in higher office is impressive. Eight Presidents and eight Vice Presidents have served on Ways and Means, as have 21 Speakers of the House of Representatives, and four Justices of the Supreme Court.

Membership

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Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

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Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

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Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

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Ron Estes

KANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

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Drew Ferguson

GEORGIA's 3rd DISTRICT

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Kevin Hern

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

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Mike Kelly

PENNSYLVANIA's 16th DISTRICT

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Darin LaHood

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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Carol Miller

WEST VIRGINIA's 3rd DISTRICT

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Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

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Tom Reed

NEW YORK's 23rd DISTRICT

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Tom Rice

SOUTH CAROLINA's 7th DISTRICT

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David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

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Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

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Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

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Lloyd Smucker

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

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Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

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Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

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