Courtesy of Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s Office:
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) was appointed by Congressional leadership to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. Congressman Panetta released the following statement:
“I am proud to be appointed to this important and influential committee, where I will continue my work to expand opportunities for those living and working on the central coast of California. Through my position on the committee, I will be at the forefront of promoting smarter trade policies that benefit our local industries including agriculture, enacting fairer tax policies, increasing access to health care and coverage, and protecting federal programs for vulnerable children and our seniors. I am committed to ensuring that such policies are crafted through an evidenced-based process and considered through regular order. That way, we can ensure that we are working toward creating an economic environment that fosters prosperity for the people of the Central Coast and our country.”
The 40-member committee, the oldest of the United States Congress, is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee on Ways and Means has jurisdiction over all taxation, trade, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, child and family support laws, and adoption and foster care programs. The committee has six subcommittees pertaining to issues in health, human resources, oversight, tax policy, social security, and trade.