Rep. Camp Chosen To Head Powerful Committee 12-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Rep. Camp Chosen To Head Powerful Committee 12-08-2010

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp of Midland has been selected to become the next chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
The 57-year-old Camp won an 11th term last month and made the announcement on Wednesday. He calls the job "a great honor and even greater responsibility."
Camp's reputation for getting along with others will be tested at Ways and Means, a notoriously partisan committee responsible for health care, taxes, trade and Social Security.
He currently serves as the ranking Republican on the committee, which is chaired by a fellow Michigan congressman: Democrat Sander Levin of Royal Oak.
Camp will be known as "chairman-elect" until after a vote by the 112th Congress, which will be sworn in on Jan. 5.
Interesting Facts about the Committee on Ways and Means:
• It is the oldest committee in Congress.
• It is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
• The Committee also has jurisdiction over all tariffs and other revenue-raising measures, Social Security, unemployment benefits, Medicare, and welfare programs.
• The Committee’s jurisdiction comes from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution which declares, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."
• It was first established as an ad hoc committee in the first session of the First Congress, on July 24, 1789.
• Only two other Representatives from Michigan have been Chairmen of the Ways and Means Committee – Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak (2010) and Rep. Joseph W. Fordney, R-Saginaw (1919-1923.)
• Eight Presidents and eight Vice Presidents have served on Ways and Means, as have 21 Speakers of the House of Representatives, and four Justices of the Supreme Court.
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