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Legislative Committees

Ways and Means Committee

National House Committee

1102 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-3625

Fax: 202-225-5680

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The U.S. Constitution requires that all bills regarding taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. The Committee of Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives. Members of the Ways and Means Committee are not allowed to serve on any other House Committees unless they apply for a waiver from their party's congressional leadership. The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including:

Social Security
Unemployment insurance
Medicare
Enforcement of child support laws
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Foster care and adoption programs

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