WASHINGTON - Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) has been named to the House Ways and Means Committee for the 113th Congress by the House Steering Committee. The Committee is the oldest Congressional committee, and serves as the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
"I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues in the House to serve on the Ways and Means Committee," Scott said. "Even before coming to Congress, tax reform was a passion of mine, and I look forward to diving straight into the discussion as we look to make the first significant revisions to the tax code in decades. This is a great opportunity for the First District."
The last South Carolinian to serve on the Ways and Means Committee was in 1986 (Representative Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.), and only three South Carolinians have been seated on the committee since 1843 (Mr. Campbell, Representative Ken Holland, and Representative John L. McLaurin).
Joining Scott as new Republican members on the committee are Representatives Tim Griffin (R-AR), Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN). Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following statement this morning:
"The Members joining our Committee will bring valuable experience, expertise and energy to the Committee - all of which are welcome as the Committee continues its mission of creating the best possible climate for economic growth and job creation. The fiscal challenges facing America are significant, and the addition of these four members compliments the tremendous skills and knowledge of our existing Members working to solve these problems. I look forward to working with the entire Ways and Means Committee to meet those challenges and advance the policies needed to get our economy back on track, reduce out-of-control federal spending and strengthen our entitlement programs for future generations."
The House Ways and Means Committee was first convened in 1789, and became a standing committee in 1802. The Committee derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution, which declares, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives." Since 1865, the committee has continued to exercise jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States. Revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs have come within Ways and Means' purview in the 20th century.