Incoming chairman of Senate Finance Committee gives tax overhaul top priority

Oregon’s Ron Wyden.
Oregon’s Ron Wyden.EPA

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WASHINGTON — The incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says he would make revamping the federal income tax system a top priority.

US Senator Ron Wyden added that he would also focus on creating jobs for the middle class and strengthening the guaranteed benefits of Medicare while holding down costs.

The Oregon Democrat termed the income tax system a ‘‘dysfunctional, rotten mess.’’ He said he hopes to extend tax breaks that expired in December and use them to bridge comprehensive changes.

He made his comments during a telephone interview from Los Angeles on Friday.

Wyden is currently chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He’s expected to be named Finance Committee chairman next week to replace Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana. Baucus was confirmed Thursday to become the US ambassador to China

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