- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced the eight GOP Senators who will help iron out the differences between the $1.4 trillion tax-cut plans passed out of the House and Senate, after the Senate voted earlier in the day to formally start negotiations with the House through a bicameral conference committee.

The negotiators, or conferees, include Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming, and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The other five conferees are all members of the tax-writing Finance Committee: Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota, Rob Portman of Ohio, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Mr. Enzi also sits on the Finance Committee.

“Now that the Senate has voted to join our House colleagues in a conference committee, I’m confident that this distinguished group of senators will work to get the job done for the American people,” Mr. McConnell said. “I know everyone is ready to finalize our tax reform legislation and send it to the president so he can sign it into law.”

Lawmakers still hope to send a final bill to President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. House Republican and Democratic leaders named the House conferees earlier this week.


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