Rep. Smucker to Join Influential Committee on Ways and Means

January 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Rep. Lloyd Smucker was appointed by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means. Established in 1789, the Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in Congress with broad jurisdiction over taxation and trade.

“It is an honor to be selected by my colleagues to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means. As a small business owner, I know first-hand how taxation and government regulation impacts the nearly 13,000 small businesses in Lancaster and York counties,” said Smucker. “I will work to advocate for a tax code that allows small businesses to thrive, creating new family-sustaining jobs and opportunity across our nation. Representing the top congressional district in Pennsylvania for agricultural production, our community is known as “the Garden Spot of America.” I will fight to support our farmers in our nation’s trade policy. The United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) was a big win for our local dairy farmers and manufacturers. I will continue to champion free and fair trade as a member of this committee.”

“Rep. Lloyd Smucker helped build communities through his longstanding commercial construction firm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Republican Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “He brings valuable Main Street experience and knowledge to our GOP fight to help America defeat the virus, grow America’s economy, lower health care costs, sell more Made-in-America products throughout the world, and save Social Security and Medicare once and for all.”  

“Congratulations to my friend Representative Lloyd Smucker on his appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee. In Lloyd we have another fierce advocate for Pennsylvania who will champion working families as we craft tax and trade policy. His experience as a small business owner makes him a perfect fit for this committee and I am excited to welcome him to the team,” said Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).

Background: The 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 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.” The Committee has six subcommittees: Health, Oversight, Social Security, Select Revenue Measures, Trade, and Worker and Family Support.  Noted Lancastrian and Member of Congress, Thaddeus Stevens served as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means for the 37th and 38th Congresses from 1861-1865.

The House Steering Committee is responsible for recommending Members to serve on standing Committees in the House of Representatives. The recommendations are subject to approval by the House Republican Conference.