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Leaders Drive Infrastructure Deal, Bypass Committee Chairmen

Aug. 5, 2021, 9:00 AM

Ron Wyden’s latest quest on the Senate floor is to rewrite a lucrative tax provision in the Senate infrastructure deal aimed at cryptocurrency.

As chairman of the powerful tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, the Oregon Democrat would normally have been in charge of writing the language before it hit the floor. But his position of having to change a deal negotiated by a bipartisan group of rank-and-file senators is only one example of committee chairmen being out of the driver’s seat on key legislation.

The trend in recent years of Capitol Hill leaders consolidating their power over the writing and scheduling ...