- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Thursday announced the seven senators who will represent the Democratic caucus on the bicameral conference committee tasked with reconciling the $1.4 trillion tax-cut plans passed out of the House and Senate.

Three of the members will be Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, Bernard Sanders of Vermont, ranking member on the Budget Committee, and Maria Cantwell of Washington, ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Other Finance Committee members appointed to the conference committee include Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Tom Carper of Delaware. Ms. Cantwell also sits on the Finance Committee.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a budget committee member, will also serve as a conferee.

“Rather than rush a partisan bill through the Congress that will have a devastating effect on millions of Americans, Republicans should work in a bipartisan way to achieve tax reform that actually benefits the middle class in this country, not the wealthiest or biggest corporations,” said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named the eight GOP Senate conferees on Wednesday after the Senate voted to go to conference. Republican and Democratic leaders in the House announced their members earlier this week.

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