According to a statement from the US Embassy today, Congressman Jason Smith, the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and members of a congressional delegation (CODEL) from both parties are visiting Guyana.
It has long been believed that this committee is the most influential in the US House.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV), Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), Congressman Mike Carey (R-OH), and Congressman Kelly Armstrong make up the delegation in addition to Chairman Smith (R-ND).
According to the announcement, CODEL will meet with opposition and government leaders during their tour to talk about the value of bipartisan collaboration as well as governance and economic challenges. Additionally, they will interact with well-known business figures from Guyana and the United States to gain firsthand knowledge of the country’s rapid economic development. The announcement further said that the CODEL tour aims to further investigate the bilateral and economic relations between the United States and Guyana.
According to the statement, the House Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in the US Congress and the main body responsible for drafting tax legislation in the House of Representatives. According to the US Embassy, the committee has had jurisdiction over revenue-related matters since 1795, including tariffs, trade policies, and the US government’s bonded debt.