Green Book


From the


The “Green Book”
Background Material and Data on Programs
within the Jurisdicition of the Committee on Ways and Means

Prepared for the use of Members of the Committee on Ways and Means by members of its staff.
This document has not been officially approved by the Committee and may not reflect the views of its Members.

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Notes for users:

The Green Book is compiled by the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives from many sources and provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty, and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States.

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