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 HatchOn The Money: Trump imposes B in tariffs on China | China blasts 'fickle' Trump, promises payback | Trump to name consumer bureau director next week Trump announces tariffs on billion in Chinese goods Dems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game 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.

“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 TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE signed the new tax law.

Akin Gump has hired former tax aides for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress had a good couple of weeks — now let's keep it going McCarthy: 'The Mueller investigation has got to stop' McConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHarvard biz school honors Wilbur Ross GOP senators blast White House aide over trade remarks Community development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform MORE (R-Ohio). The former staff director for the House Ways and Means Committee joined Squire Patton Boggs. And Capitol Tax Partners announced Tuesday that it hired a former tax and budget aide to Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.).

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.