Congressman Tom Rice

Representing the 7th District of South Carolina


Congressman Rice currently serves on Ways and Means Committee and on the Trade and Social Security Subcommittees.

Ways and Means Committee Jurisdiction

The House Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.  The Committee exercises 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 also fall within the Ways and Means’ purview.

Subcommittee on Trade Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade includes bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to customs and customs administration including tariff and import fee structure, classification, valuation of and special rules applying to imports, and special tariff provisions and procedures.

Subcommittee on Social Security Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Social Security includes legislation and issues related to Social Security’s retirement, survivors and disability programs, the Railroad Retirement program, and employment taxes and trust fund operations relating to those programs, including title II of the Social Security Act, Chapter 22 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Railroad Retirement Tax Act), as well as provisions in title VII and title XI of the Act involving the Old Age and Survivors’ and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs.