Longtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee

Longtime tax aide leaving Senate Finance Committee
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A longtime aide for Senate Finance Committee Republicans is departing the panel's staff following passage of the Republican tax law, committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis | Kentucky governor's Medicaid lawsuit tossed Sentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Dem lawmaker calls Trump racist in response to 'dog' comment MORE (R-Utah) announced Tuesday.

Mark Prater, deputy staff director and chief tax counsel for the committee, will be leaving after almost three decades. The Finance Committee did not provide information about Prater's future plans.

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“Mark has played a vital role in every major tax debate in the last quarter century,” Hatch said in a news release. “This experience, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the tax code, has proved instrumental not only to the committee, but also to the conference as a whole as we ushered the passage of the largest tax rewrite in more than 30 years through Congress — we couldn’t have done it without him."

Prater is the latest GOP tax staffer to leave Congress in the months after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE signed the new tax law.

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Along with announcing Prater's departure, Hatch also announced other staffing changes for the Finance Committee. Hatch said that Jeff Wrase, chief economist for the Finance Committee, will become the committee's deputy staff director, and Jennifer Acuña, the panel's senior tax counsel and policy advisor, will become chief tax counsel.