March 02,2023

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Finance Committee Approves Werfel Nomination

Washington, D.C. — Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released the following statement after the Finance Committee approved the nomination of Danny Werfel to be IRS Commissioner by a vote of 17-9:

“The fact that Mr. Werfel’s nomination passed through committee with bipartisan support is a testament to his record as a fair-minded public servant who’s able to work with both sides in Congress. After a decade of Republican budget cuts there is a clear double standard in tax enforcement. Too much of the burden of audits falls on working Americans, and wealthy tax cheats know the odds are they’ll get away with ripping off everybody else scot free. Democrats gave the IRS new resources to rebalance the system and make it more fair by going after tax cheating by the wealthy and corporations. There’s no doubt that Mr. Werfel understands the challenge, and he’s also going to ensure the IRS continues making progress improving customer service.”

Finance Committee members who voted in support of Mr. Werfel’s nomination are:

Ron Wyden, D-OR

Debbie Stabenow, D-MI

Maria Cantwell, D-WA

Bob Menendez, D-NJ

Tom Carper, D-DE

Ben Cardin, D-MD

Sherrod Brown, D-OH

Michael Bennet, D-CO

Bob Casey, D-PA

Mark Warner, D-VA

Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI

Maggie Hassan, D-NH

Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV

Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

Chuck Grassley, R-IA

Bill Cassidy, R-LA

Todd Young, R-IN

Those who voted against are:

Mike Crapo, R-ID

John Cornyn, R-TX

John Thune, R-SD

Tim Scott, R-SC

James Lankford, R-OK

Steve Daines, R-MT

John Barrasso, R-WY

Ron Johnson, R-WI

Marsha Blackburn, R-TN

Not voting:

Tom Tillis, R-NC

The Finance Committee also approved the nominations of Dr. Brent Neiman to serve as Assistant Treasury Secretary for International Finance by a vote of 17-9 and Dr. Rebecca Haffajee to serve as the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation by a vote of 14-12.