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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 Boehner (R-Ohio), his longtime colleague from the Buckeye State. 

Tiberi’s willingness to speak freely gives some clues to what both Camp and Boehner are thinking on both tax policy and the chances for reform.