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GOP tax expert MARK PRATER chosen as staff chief for budget ‘supercommittee’ – The Washington Post

August 30, 2011

GOP tax expert Mark Prater chosen as staff chief for budget ‘supercommittee’s

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WASHINGTON — The co-chairs of a budget “supercommittee” responsible for coming up with more than $1.5 trillion or more in deficit cuts announced Tuesday that they have chosen a Republican tax expert as their top staff aide.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, have selected Mark Prater, a tax lawyer with the Senate Finance Committee, as the supercommittee’s staff director. They said in a joint statement that Prater’s two decades of experience as a top GOP aide on the panel bring the know-how and experience required to help the supercommittee succeed.

“”Mark has a well-earned reputation for being a workhorse who members of both parties have relied on,” Murray and Hensarling said. “We look forward to working with him and are confident that his approach and expertise will be valuable as we weigh the difficult but necessary choices ahead.”

The supercommittee was established under legislation enacted last month to increase the government’s ability to borrow. It is charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for President Barack Obama to be allowed to order further debt limit increases.

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