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Cathy Koch Chief adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) on tax and economic policy

Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusRep. Dave Camp won't run for Senate in 2014 Washington senators announce bill to invest in US ports Former Dem Rep. won't run for Montana Senate seat MORE (D-Mont.) may have their differences right now on taxes, but they have at least one thing in common: Cathy Koch. 

Koch, formerly the tax chief under Baucus at the Finance Committee, joined Reid’s staff this year. While at the committee, she helped craft the tax provisions in both the stimulus package and President Obama’s healthcare law. Koch has also been a staff economist at the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and staff director of the Finance subcommittee on Energy.

After that, Koch lobbied for General Electric before returning to Capitol Hill in Reid’s office. 

“Cathy will be my go-to person for all issues related to tax and economic policy, and tax reform,” Reid said in announcing Koch’s arrival. 

Reid’s tapping of Koch raised some hopes about tax reform’s chances in the Senate, given that the majority leader has yet to make an overhaul of the code a top priority. 

But the split between Baucus and Reid and other Democratic leaders has only appeared to widen in recent weeks, with the majority leader suggesting he was concerned that the Finance Committee chairman wouldn’t fight hard enough for revenue increases.