The House Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in Congress and serves as the chief tax-writing committee of the House of Representatives. The Committee derives the largest share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. In addition to all matters relating to taxation, the Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over tariffs, trade agreements, the bonded debt of the United States, and revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs.
The Ways and Means Committee has six Subcommittees: Health, Human Resources, Social Security, Trade and Tax Policy. Congressman Marchant serves on the Health and Trade subcommittees.
The Subcommittee on Health has jurisdiction over bills and matters relating to programs which provide payments (from any source) for health care, health delivery systems, or health research. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health shall include bills and matters that relate to the health care programs of the Social Security Act (including titles V, XI (Part B), XVIII, and XIX thereof) and, concurrent with the full Committee, tax credit and deduction provisions of the Internal Revenue Code dealing with health insurance premiums and health care costs.
The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to customs and customs administration; import trade matters; commodity agreements and reciprocal trade agreements; international rules, organizations and institutional aspects of international trade agreements; budget authorizations for the customs revenue functions of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Trade Representative; and special trade-related problems.
The jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ethics is derived from authority granted under the official rules of the U.S. House of Representatives and other federal statutes. The Committee has numerous functions that all center around upholding the standards of ethical conduct for members of the House and their staff. For a full description of the Committee’s jurisdiction and official responsibilities, please click here.
The House Committee on Ethics has no subcommittees and is the only committee in the House comprised of an equal number of representatives from each party.
The members that have been appointed to serve on the Ethics Committee during the 115th Congress are as follows:
Chairwoman: Susan W. Brooks, Indiana
Kenny Marchant, Texas
Leonard Lance, New Jersey
Mimi Walters, California
John Ratcliffe, Texas
Ranking Member: Ted Deutch, Florida
Yvette D. Clarke, New York
Jared Polis, Colorado
Anthony Brown, Maryland
Steve Cohen, Tennessee