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 BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession 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 BoehnerIt’s been a month—Where’s Paul Ryan’s ‘conservative agenda?’ Juan Williams: The year of the outsider Ryan vows to offer ObamaCare replacement plan in 2016 MORE are thinking on both tax policy and the chances for reform.