Bloomberg Tax
Dec. 8, 2022, 9:45 AM

Wyden Gains Subpoena Power, Easier Nominations Path in Majority

Samantha Handler
Samantha Handler

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s (D-Ga.) win in Tuesday’s election gives Finance Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) new powers in the next Congress with a Democratic majority on the panel, opening the door to more easily fill IRS vacancies and issue subpoenas.

Senate Democrats will have a 51-seat majority in the 118th Congress, giving Democrats control over committees. Currently, due to the 50-50 Senate, the committees are all evenly split with Vice President Kamala Harris casting votes in the case of ties on the Senate floor. Now, Wyden can push forward Danny Werfel’s nomination to be IRS commissioner more easily, and doesn’t ...