Arrington Announces House Ways and Means Subcommittee Assignments for the 117th Congress
Washington, February 4, 2021
“As the Representative for the food, fuel, and fiber capital of the world, I am honored to give a voice to rural America and shape critical economic policies that directly affect the daily lives of West Texans and beyond,” said Rep. Arrington. I will continue to champion less government taxes, regulations, and mandates; a competitive patient-centered health care system and the economic freedoms that make America the envy of the world. I thank Ranking Member Kevin Brady for his leadership and the opportunity to represent the 19th District of Texas on the Ways and Means Committee.”
“Our caucus is ready to stop radical ideas that kill jobs and fight for policies that lift up all Americans. With members like Jodey Arrington on our committee, we will crush this virus and help workers, families, and small businesses rebuild the greatest economy in world history,” Leader Brady said.
BACKGROUND: First established in 1789, the House Ways and Means Committee is the oldest Congressional committee with the broadest jurisdiction of policies, chief among them the ability to levy taxes and raise revenue. In fact, the Committee derives a share of its responsibilities from Article I, Section VII of the Constitution which pronounces: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” Since the Committee’s formation, 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. In the 116th Congress, the Ways and Means Committee played an instrumental role in COVID relief packages, advancing policies to provide certainty and support to small businesses, families, and workers throughout the COVID pandemic. In addition, the Committee passed the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ended surprise medical billing, and bolstered retirement programs for Seniors through the SECURE Act.