Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, says he is working to compile a list of possible changes to the tax code that might draw bipartisan support in the debate on the deficit reduction.
“But it is just really the question: Where do we want to go? And do we want to have AMT indexed, for example? Do we want to have SGR, the physicians’ payment rate? Do we want to increase taxes for middle-income Americans beginning 2013, or upper income, or not?” Baucus asked in the super committee’s second public hearing. “These are basic questions we are going to have to ask ourselves, and they all have consequences, really.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.