New Tax Writers

The Senate last week announced the new members of the tax-writing Finance Committee. The announcement followed several weeks of negotiations over committee ratios of Democrats to Republicans, in addition to a related fight over amending Senate rules. The fact that committee assignments were announced on the same day that the Senate voted on some of those reforms is no coincidence.

As to the Finance assignments themselves, the Committee is getting one new Democrat and two new Republicans, bringing the Committee’s overall membership up to 24– an increase of one from last Congress, with 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans. The new members

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