August 30, 2011

Wyden Statement on Mark Prater’s Appointment as Staff Director for Budget Supercommittee

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statement today in support of Mark Prater -- a Portland, Ore. native and long-time aide to the Senate Finance Committee -- being named the Staff Director for the budget supercommittee. Prater has spent more than 20 years working on the Senate Finance Committee on tax and health care issues and is considered an asset to members from both parties:

“Mark is a superb choice to serve as staff director of the Joint Committee.  He has a proven record of working for bipartisan solutions and his expertise on tax issues is unsurpassed among Congressional staff.  Mark’s selection is an encouraging signal that the Committee is serious about finding common ground and will consider tax reform as a component of its deficit reduction package.”