Tag: ‘senate finance committee’

Big Talk, Growing Opposition

By :: July 23rd, 2015

Can the Senate pass a highway bill? Last night, the Senate finally voted to begin debate on its version of a transportation bill. But it is in for a tough slog thanks in part to two GOP presidential hopefuls. Ted Cruz has threatened to tie the Iran deal to the measure. The Texan wants an amendment that “ensures no Iranian nuclear deal unless Iran recognizes […]

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Finance Committee Working Groups: Tax Reform is Hard

By :: July 8th, 2015

After six months and two extensions, the Senate Finance Committee’s five tax reform working groups presented their reports today to panel chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and top Democrat Ron Wyden (D-OR). For the most part, they reached no consensus on either specific reforms or a broad design for overall reform. There was one exception: The […]

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How Will Congress Fund Roads and Transit?

By :: July 7th, 2015

In 24 days, federal spending authority under the highway trust fund comes to an end. Without legislation to keep the program going and money to finance it, road projects will slow in the midst of high construction season. And where are Congress and the White House on this perennial issue? Nowhere. In late June, after […]

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What To Make of the Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Reform Workgroups

By :: January 15th, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee has created five bipartisan working groups to develop ideas for comprehensive tax reform by the end of May.  It is a good idea. But it is unlikely to accelerate the panel’s timetable for producing legislation. The task forces won’t develop many new ideas. Let’s be honest: For the most part, when it […]

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They Saved the Must-Pass for Last

By :: December 17th, 2014

Congress has adjourned. The Daily Deduction will post on Mondays until the 114th Congress convenes.    Expired tax breaks: Renewed for 2014. Last night the Senate passed a $42 billion package of expired tax breaks by a vote of 76-16. In two weeks’ time, the tax breaks will expire. Again. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden wanted to extend […]

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Is It Time To End The Highway Trust Fund Fiction?

By :: July 10th, 2014

Congress is in the midst of another Perils of Pauline political showdown: This time the drama is over how to finance the highway trust fund, which will be unable to pay its bills in a couple of weeks. House Republicans have cooked up one set of gimmicks to keep the money flowing for a few […]

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Tax Changes for Highways, Delays and Missing Links

By :: June 25th, 2014

The Senate Finance Committee takes their turn as “The Highway Men.” They’ll consider tax changes for more highway funds tomorrow with Chairman Ron Wyden’s bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through the end of the year. The plan would raise $9 billion in tax revenue over ten years. Tax code changes include: doubling […]

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The Tax Extenders: Yes, Virginia, They Really Are Tax Cuts

By :: May 1st, 2014

The other day, the House Ways & Means Committee voted to cut taxes for certain businesses by $310 billion. Washington, being Washington, is now in the midst of a partisan debate over whether this is in fact a tax cut or, conversely, whether failing to cut those business levies would be a tax increase. This […]

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Incoming Senate Finance Chair Wyden Outlines His Tax Agenda

By :: February 10th, 2014

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), about to become the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday that he aims to eventually rewrite what he described as a “dysfunctional, rotting mess of a carcass that we call the tax code.” But in an acknowledgement of the challenges of tax reform, Wyden said he wants to […]

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The Year in Taxes: From the Fiscal Cliff to Tax Reform Talks

By :: December 12th, 2013

The year in taxes started with the nation toppling, briefly, over the fiscal cliff. And it ended with some interesting policy proposals on tax reform though little political progress. Remember the fiscal cliff? While that crisis was resolved on New Year’s Day, it really began in 2001, when President George W. Bush signed the Economic […]

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