Washington, D.C. - Following the resignation of Senator Max Baucus to become U.S. Ambassador to China, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been named Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Finance Committee released the following statement in response to Wyden's new role:
"Ron has demonstrated a real understanding of the issues affecting rural states, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. Since my arrival in the Senate, Ron has proven to be a strong ally on timber and public lands issues that impact our states. Most recently, we partnered together to reform how the nation prepares for and mitigates wildfires and worked to include our logging roads legislation in the recently-approved Farm Bill.
"I am looking forward to continuing to work with Ron as he takes on his new responsibilities as the head of the Finance Committee. It is my hope the panel can advance meaningful tax reform that simplifies the tax code by eliminating its vast complexities and lowering the rates for all individuals, families and businesses."