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Congressman Higgins Assigned to House Ways & Means Subcommittees on Select Revenue Measures and Oversight

Jan 9, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a newly appointed member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, has been chosen to serve on the Select Revenue Subcommittee and the Oversight Subcommittee. 

The Select Revenue Subcommittee has jurisdiction over economic development programs providing tax incentives to spur investment in distressed areas as well as issues related to personal and business income taxes. 

The Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee has broad jurisdiction to conduct oversight hearings on anything under the committee’s jurisdiction.  Recent Oversight Subcommittee hearings have covered issues related to: economic stimulus payments, Medicare, the IRS, Earned Income Tax Credits and import safety. 

“These subcommittee assignments will give us a role in shaping legislation important to Western New York,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “In particular, I look forward to working on new policies, such as the administration’s proposed middle-class tax cuts, and reexamining existing policies, including federal economic development programs to determine how we can best improve the local and national economies.”  

The Ways and Means Committee is the chief economic development committee in Congress. The committee also presides over other key issues such as tax policy, Medicare, and Social Security. It will also play a significant role in shaping alternative energy incentives and healthcare reform.