Mark Prater, who left the Senate Finance Committee's Republican staff last month after serving for more than two decades, has joined the tax and consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PwC on Monday announced that Prater, who helped craft the GOP tax bill that was signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump to attend event with Gold Star families on Monday US official: North Korea's top military officials replaced Iran urges countries to stand up to Trump's 'bullying' on nuke deal MORE in December, is joining as a managing director in the tax policy services group of the firm's Washington National Tax Services team. Prater had previously been the chief tax counsel and deputy staff director for Senate Finance Committee Republicans. He was involved in crafting many tax bills that Congress has passed in recent years — including the tax-cut law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “As businesses navigate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we are thrilled to have Mark … [Read more...] about Ex-Senate Finance Committee aide joins prominent tax firm
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Mark Prater, a fixture in GOP tax policymaking on Capitol Hill, is leaving his post as chief tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. “Mark has played a vital role in every major tax debate in the last quarter century,” Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch announced Tuesday in a statement, noting Prater’s work on last year’s tax code overhaul, the Bush-era tax cuts and more. He joined the Finance Committee in January 1990. Tuesday was his last day with the panel. “This experience, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the tax code, has proved instrumental not only to the committee, but also to the conference as a whole as we ushered the passage of the largest tax rewrite in more than 30 years through Congress — we couldn’t have done it without him,” Hatch said. Prater is also deputy staff director for the panel. Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, a former Finance chairman, once called the longtime staffer … [Read more...] about End of an Era on Senate Finance as Longtime Staffer Departs
A longtime aide for Senate Finance Committee Republicans is departing the panel's staff following passage of the Republican tax law, committee chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchCorker turns downs Trump's offer to be ambassador to Australia Democrats urge colleagues to oppose prison reform bill The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE (R-Utah) announced Tuesday. Mark Prater, deputy staff director and chief tax counsel for the committee, will be leaving after almost three decades. The Finance Committee did not provide information about Prater's future plans. “Mark has played a vital role in every major tax debate in the last quarter century,” Hatch said in a news release. “This experience, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the tax code, has proved instrumental not only to the committee, but also to the conference as a whole as we ushered the passage of the largest tax rewrite … [Read more...] about Longtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee
There were’t the votes — and therefore there was not a vote — as a key state Senate panel considered Medicaid expansion and an end to Virginia’s budget impasse.But what members of the Senate Finance Committee said as its health and human resources panel met Tuesday signaled what at least some Senate Republicans want any budget compromise to address — whether they end up voting for Medicaid expansion or not.“We are very engaged and we’re agreed on delivering a bill,” Finance Committee co-chairman Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, said.The full committee will meet again on May 22, ahead of a scheduled special gathering of the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, said he expects the committee will recommend budget action to the full Senate and will probably discuss Medicaid expansion.But the most likely result would be a move to a conference committee — a team of senior legislators from the Senate and … [Read more...] about No budget votes at Senate Finance Committee
Del. Jason Miyares worked several jobs in college at James Madison University and graduated in 1998 with little debt. Tuition in Virginia has increased 74 percent from 2006 to 2016, and Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, knows the times you could work your way through college are over. Bills to cap tuition increases have all been killed or tabled for "study" in the General Assembly this year. Miyares carried the last bill that advocates thought could help: A requirement that college governing boards provide the public with a chance to comment at a board meeting prior to a vote to raise tuition and fees. The bill, backed by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, passed the House of Delegates 99-0. It was also supported by a new organization called Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust. In a bad omen for the bill, it was sent to the Finance Committee in the Senate. This is the committee to which bills with a fiscal impact on the state are referred, or bills lawmakers simply … [Read more...] about This tuition-control bill passed the House 99-0. Then it went to the Senate Finance Committee.