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Republicans Keep Tax-Bill Scorekeeper Picked Under Democrats

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U.S. congressional Republicans will retain Thomas Barthold as chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, which estimates the cost of tax legislation.

“Tom has been a strong, nonpartisan leader,” said a joint statement today from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. “He and his staff produce quality, objective reports and analyses that help shape the major policy debates that are important to hard-working American taxpayers. We look forward to continuing our work with him.”