from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Benedict of Nursia, Saint A.D. 480?-547? Italian monk who as founder of the Benedictine order (c. 529) is considered the patriarch of Western monasticism.


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  • A onetime English teacher, she spent 18 years in the Missouri House of Representatives and rose to become chairwoman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

    Democrat Karen McCarthy of Missouri dies at 63; congresswoman opposed Iraq war, was target of ethics probe

  • Rangel is a senior member and former chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, while Waters has a senior position on the Financial Services Committee.

    Rangel, Waters ethics trials to take place after elections

  • The approach could ease the path to an agreement, by allowing Congress to reach the outlines of an agreement on tax revenues and spending cuts this year, while postponing the difficult details of a tax overhaul until next year, and handing the issue back to the congressional tax-writing committees.

    Deficit Deal Might Delay Tax Overhaul

  • The May 26, 2011, event linked Credit Suisse executives with top Capitol Hill aides, including two Republicans from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and one from the Senate's tax-writing committee, which has jurisdiction over health-care policy.

    Wall Street, Washington and Gingrich

  • Democratic aides say they are open to the idea of raising taxes by $600 billion to $800 billion, with some of those tax increases laid out explicitly and the remaining $500 billion to be determined later by Congress's tax-writing committees.

    Deficit Deal a Moving Target

  • But the super committee happens to include the chairmen of both tax-writing committees—Democrat Max Baucus of Senate Finance and Dave Camp of Ways and Means.

    The 'Go Big' Illusion

  • The active hearing schedules in the two tax-writing committees suggest that Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) aren't yielding all tax issues to the supercommittee this fall, though both are among its ranks, Mr. Schwarz noted.

    Debt Panel Focus Pushes Expiring Tax Breaks to Backseat

  • The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress.

    Dave Johnson: Plutocracy: GE Doesn't Pay Taxes -- Taxpayers Pay GE

  • Lobbyists are already chatting up would-be Republican committee chairs, report Eric Lipton and David Herszenhorn: Mr. Camp is slated to take over the powerful, tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee if Republicans win the majority next week, transforming this low-key conservative Republican almost overnight into one of the most powerful men in town ...

    Wonkbook: What matters for jobs; the Tea Parties vs. the appropriators; would more stimulus have saved the Dems?

  • Major new players in a new Republican Congress include 57-year-old Dave Camp of Michigan atop the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

    The end of the old bulls


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