Today, the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Sen. Max Baucus as the U.S. ambassador to China.  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is expected to be named to replace Baucus as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  It is expected that the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee will name Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to fill the open seat on the Finance Committee.

Baucus made the following statement today on tax reform, “As I reflect on my time in the Senate, I am proud of our continued fight for smart tax reform.   Senator Hatch and Congressman Camp have been great partners and I am hopeful that our hard work and collaborative efforts will pave the way for further momentum in the years ahead.   It’s a tough road, but ultimately we can’t let politics get in the way of much needed policy.”