Non-profit hospitals face more questions

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Non-profit hospitals in the United States, which have spent the past year battling lawsuits alleging they failed to provide the charity healthcare required unde

House GOP to expand Social Security debate

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- Congressional Republicans want to broaden Social Security reform to include all forms of private pensions and IRAs.

Rep. Thomas to draft retirement package

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas said Friday that he hopes to move a broad retirement bill by June that includes Social Security reforms.

Rep. seeks data on uncompensated care

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants data on uncompensated medical treatment from hospitals around the United States.

CBO increases Medicare Rx cost estimate

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- The Congressional Budget Office has increased its estimate on the cost of the Medicare prescription drug program upward by $41 billion.

Social Security vote date in question

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- In the face of stiff Democratic opposition, the U.S. Senate's top Republican says restructuring Social Security may have to wait until next year.

Dems: Bush must say no to race-based plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Democratic Party Tuesday called on the president to clarify whether his administration would support race- and gender-based policies for Social Security.

Republicans doubt Social Security 'crisis'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Republicans have voiced doubts over President Bush's description of Social Security as being in crisis, USA Today reported Monday.

Dems vow to kill Social Security investment

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- House and Senate Democratic leaders vowed Wednesday to defeat President Bush's plans to add individual investment accounts to Social Security.

Social Security reform opposition grows

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The White House is digesting a slew of pessimism from Congressional Republicans who think President Bush's Social Security plans are facing lots of trouble.

Negotiations begin on corporate tax bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- House and Senate leaders began negotiations Wednesday on a massive corporate tax overhaul bill, but prospects of quick approval remain thin.

US-Bahrain free trade pact approval unlikely soon

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is unlikely to push for congressional approval of a U.S.-Bahrain free trade agreement this year due to lawmaker concerns.

Senate Dems ask for drug card grace period

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- A group of Democratic senators have asked the Bush administration to allow a 30-day grace period for enrollees for the upcoming Medicare drug discount cards.

Analysis: Breaux's loss hurts healthcare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. John Breaux, D-La., a leading centrist on Capitol Hill, said Monday he will retire at the end of his term, which will be a big loss for healthcare policy.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Thomas resigns at Texas Southern

HOUSTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Texas Southern football coach Bill Thomas has resigned, ending a 10-year stint at the Southwestern Athletic Conference school.
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Bill Thomas
House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif. calls for extension of tax cuts during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on December 7, 2005. The Republicans say the U.S. economy is doing well, in large part to the tax cuts they have pushed through. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

William Marshall Thomas (born December 6, 1941), commonly known as Bill Thomas, is an American politician, and the Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1979–2007, most recently representing California's 22nd congressional district. He last served as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and retired at the end of the 109th Congress.

Thomas was born in Wallace, Idaho, moving with his parents to the Southern California area. He graduated from Garden Grove High School, attended Santa Ana College, earning an associate's degree before transferring to San Francisco State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in political science in 1963 and 1965, respectively. He became an instructor at Bakersfield College before running in the California State Assembly in 1974. He won election to the House of Representatives in 1978, representing the 18th congressional district.

Thomas married the former Sharon Lynn Hamilton in 1968. They have two grown children, Christopher and Amelia. He and his family are Baptists.

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