By The Hill Staff - 08/07/13 09:00 AM EDT
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) Chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Tiberi is not shy about criticizing Democratic leaders in Washington.
President Obama, the Ohio Republican says, has shown a stunning lack of leadership by not pushing harder for a broad rewrite of the U.S. tax code.
Tiberi has also said that, while most Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee would never team up with the panel’s Republicans on a tax reform bill, several would if left to their own devices.
Still, Tiberi has said he fully expects House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders to pressure the rank-and-file against going along with Republicans. Given Tiberi’s status as a senior tax writer, his statements carry sway no matter what.
But the seven-term lawmaker is also close with both Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (R-Ohio), his longtime colleague from the Buckeye State.
Tiberi’s willingness to speak freely gives some clues to what both Camp and BoehnerJohn BoehnerHurdles remain for major cybersecurity bill CBO: Budget deal offset after late fixes Hoyer bids Boehner farewell MORE are thinking on both tax policy and the chances for reform.