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WAYS AND MEANS. In legislative assemblies there is usually appointed a committee whose duties are to inquire into, and propose to the house, the ways and means to be adopted to raise funds for the use of the government. This body is called the committee of ways and means.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Salceda and 26 other members of the ways and means committee voted Wednesday to approve the Citira, as embodied in House Bill 313, upon the motion of Nueva Ecija Rep.
Whatever happens, there will likely be serious consequences if the Ways and Means Committee chooses to force the release of the president's returns.
Moving across Capitol Hill to the House side, the changes to the Ways and Means Committee are much more drastic and likely to have a bigger impact on tax legislation than on the Senate side.
Buckley, a co-chairman on the Ways and Means Committee, added that a policy of sending such policy bills to his committee would clog up the budgetary process.
"We ll wait to see what the Ways and Means Committee determines to do over the next few days or weeks," Hoyer said.
But there's a new player on trade in Washington these days--Chairman Bill Thomas (CA) of the House Ways and Means Committee. When delegations from countries eager to forge trade pacts with the United States come to Washington, Thomas is the man they clamor to see.
House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee passed the Patient Safety Improvement Act by a wide margin.
CONGRESSWOMAN STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES, who made history as the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio, is the first African-American woman to serve on the Ways and Means Committee. The committee, which includes ranking Democrat Charles Rangel (D-Harlem), is responsible for, among other duties, reviewing all propositions regarding revenues, bonded debts, trade agreements, expenditures, health and Social Security, and is considered one of the most powerful committees in the House.
The House Ways and Means Committee is charged with the responsibility to raise revenue to finance the federal government.
Congress has also changed dramatically, with four new players in the tax arena: a new secretary of the treasury, a new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and a new chairman and a new ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
And House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (R-Tex.), who will convene his own hearings on the IRS this fall, wants to replace the income tax with some type of consumption tax.
Having served on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee for 25 of his 26 years in Congress, most of them as a minority leader, the Republican congressman from Houston now thinks the current tax system is a drag on economic growth and beyond tinkering.