United States House Committee on Ways and Means

Year’s end also brings end to 55 tax breaks

Year’s end also brings end to 55 tax breaks

  In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses. Lawmakers let these tax breaks lapse almost every year, even though they save businesses and individuals billions of dollars. And […]

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president’s historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured. Facing ongoing problems with the enrollment website, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Tuesday that “we expect the initial numbers to be small.” An internal memo obtained by The Associated […]

IRS victims testify before Congress

IRS victims testify before Congress

Conservative groups who were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service are getting their say on Capitol Hill just as the details of another IRS controversy are being made public. The leaders of six conservative groups were scheduled to tell lawmakers Tuesday about their mistreatment at the hands of IRS agents. Several of the groups say […]

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

OK, we relaxed this tax act thingy. Now what?

House Republicans redeemed a campaign promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but now must march against the headwinds of a Democratic-controlled Senate and the specter of a White House veto. The GOP owes its newfound control of the House in part to its appeal last fall to voters outraged about the new […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Rangel’s censure doesn’t take edge off his swagger

Charles Rangel has his swagger back, but not his power. The 40-year congressional veteran on Thursday became the 23rd House member in the nation’s history to be censured for misconduct. As the final chapter of a more than two-year ethics investigation played out, Rangel moved through several zones of emotion: contrition, anger, relief, defiance. The […]

Ethics Committee recommends censure for Rangel

Ethics Committee recommends censure for Rangel

The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended censure for longtime Rep. Charles Rangel, suggesting that the New York Democrat suffer the embarrassment of standing before his colleagues while receiving an oral rebuke by the speaker for financial and fundraising misconduct. Censure is the most serious congressional discipline short of expulsion. The House, which could change […]

Rangel convicted on 11 ethics violations

Rangel convicted on 11 ethics violations

Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment. An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat’s career. Rangel was charged with 13 counts of […]

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Once one of the most powerful members of Congress, veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of New York was reduced Monday to pleading with colleagues for more time to raise money for a lawyer before they took up misconduct charges against him. No, they said, and quickly began deliberations, saying the facts were so clear they didn’t […]

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Denied his plea for a delay, Rep. Charles Rangel walked out of his ethics trial Monday, leaving the ethics committee’s top lawyer to cite Rangel’s past statements in arguing that the 20-term New York Democrat violated House rules. Chief House ethics counsel Blake Chisam, assuming the role of prosecutor at the rare public airing of […]