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Wyden-ing his Reach: From Energy Chair to Finance Chair

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is likely to become busier in 2014, as his ascension to Chair of the Senate Finance Committee is all but confirmed.  In recent days, speculation has shifted from if Sen. Wyden will be appointed to what will be accomplished when he is appointed. The role of Chair will become vacant upon Sen. Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) confirmation as Ambassador to China (see our...

Moving On Up to the Means Side? Ryan Seeks Ways and Means Chairmanship

In the wake of brokering a bipartisan budget deal with Senator Patty Murry (D-Wash.), Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), current chair of the Budget Committee, already has set his sights on a new position:  Chairman of Ways and Means.  Representative Dave Camp’s (R-Mich.) term as Chairman will expire after 2014 because of House Republicans’ caucus chairman term limits.  When Rep....

Baucus Issues Tax Reform Discussion Draft on Tax Administration

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled a tax reform discussion draft aimed at modernizing tax administration while minimizing compliance burden, reducing tax-related identity theft and reducing the tax gap.  This discussion draft represents a combination of proposals offered by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee.  It...

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