First South Carolinian in Ways & Means Leadership in 36 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) today was named Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. Congressman Rice is the first member from South Carolina to hold a leadership position on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in 36 years. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the top Republican member on the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. Through this new role, I’ll work to hold the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accountable to taxpayers across America,” said Congressman Rice.  "I look forward to continuing to serve on the Select Revenue Measures and Social Security Subcommittees, where I use my experience as a CPA and tax lawyer to tackle issues that matter to the Seventh District of South Carolina and the U.S. -  including keeping America competitive, creating jobs, increasing opportunity, and growing our economy.” 

“Members of Ways and Means, led by our Subcommittee Leaders, play a crucial role in fighting President Biden’s dangerous tax increases, holding the IRS accountable, getting Americans back to work, selling American goods overseas, making health care affordable, and saving Medicare and Social Security for seniors,” said Congressman Kevin Brady (R-T.X.), Republican Leader of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Each of these deeply talented and qualified Republican leaders are well-positioned to fight for greater opportunities for workers, families, and small business owners across the country. Our new Ways and Means roster is already hard at work on policies that will get America’s economy back on the right track.”

Congressman Rice will continue to serve on the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee and the Social Security Subcommittee.   

Congressman Rice joins just two other South Carolinians in history to hold leadership positions on the House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Carroll Ashmore Campbell Jr. (S.C.-04) served as Ranking Member for the Public Assistance and Unemployment Subcommittee from 1983-1986. The committee was dissolved in 1988. Representative George McDuffie (S.C.-05) served as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1831-1832, during the pre-Civil War era.

Background

The House Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, the only one specifically mentioned in the Constitution, and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. 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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