Warren Payne, Majority Policy Director

Warren Payne, Majority Policy Director
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Stacy Kaper
Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

Payne is a key li­ais­on with the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Sen­ate, and House lead­er­ship for the com­mit­tee, which lately has meant a lot of back-and-forth on tax re­form. He has served on Ways and Means for sev­en years, ori­gin­ally as an eco­nom­ist fo­cused primar­ily on trade. He be­came the chief eco­nom­ist when Dave Camp, R-Mich., moved up to chair­man in 2011.

Payne, 40, was in­tric­ately in­volved in staff­ing Camp on the Simpson-Bowles com­mis­sion and on the su­per com­mit­tee, where Camp did some of his early work in press­ing for sweep­ing tax re­form.

He also brings a strong back­ground in trade is­sues. Be­fore com­ing to Cap­it­ol Hill, Payne, who is from Young­stown, N.Y., con­sul­ted on in­ter­na­tion­al trade and taxes at Eco­nom­ic Con­sult­ing Ser­vices in Wash­ing­ton. He also served as an eco­nom­ic ad­viser to a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tion­al Trade Com­mis­sion. At Ways and Means he craf­ted the eco­nom­ic ana­lys­is be­hind re­cent trade agree­ments with Colom­bia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. As ne­go­ti­ations on the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship and the Transat­lantic Trade and In­vest­ment Part­ner­ship heat up, Payne will be mon­it­or­ing their po­ten­tial im­pact.

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