February 2nd, 2009
12:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Baucus lays out Daschle roadmap

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released his first public statement on Tom Daschle’s nomination Monday.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released his first public statement on Tom Daschle’s nomination Monday.

(CNN) - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released his first public statement on Tom Daschle’s nomination Monday, laying out his panel’s plan to investigate questions swirling around the embattled Health and Human Services nominee.

“The ability to advance meaningful health reform is my top priority in confirming a Secretary of Health and Human Services, and I remain convinced that Senator Daschle would be an invaluable and expert partner in this effort,” said the Montana senator in a statement. “I am eager to move forward together.”

Daschle sent Baucus and ranking Republican Chuck Grassley a letter earlier Monday saying that he is “deeply embarrassed” for a series of errors which include failing to report $15,000 in charitable donations, unreported car service and more than $80,000 in unreported income from consulting. The former Senate Majority Leader recently filed amended tax returns, and paid more than $140,000 in back taxes and interest for 2005-2007.

Baucus said the Finance Committee, which is responsible for moving Daschle’s nomination to the full Senate, will release the final version of a statement on the nominee’s “vetting issues” as soon as remaining issues in the draft version are resolved. Sens. John Kerry and Patrick Leahy have spoken out on Daschle’s behalf.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. proudliberal-independent

    Dr. Dean should have been given this position.

    February 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. dash-hopes

    He said he was sorry, and now he has paid to play. What other standard would a dem be held to? He has purchased his cabinet seat and make no mistake, he will get it. Funny how 80,000 went unnoticed, I guess he makes so much it was just a drop in the bucket. When are his peers going to try and limit his income? Shameful!!!

    February 2, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. wheres a mole?

    Looks like someone is using the IRS for political manuevering .Wouldnt that be against the law? I hope they catch them.

    February 2, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    It should be a quite simple No ! Hey Prez, select another.

    February 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Gary Getchel

    How is it, that not paying your taxes is a mistake for a senetor but a crime for a regular citizen? So much for changing a corrupt government.

    February 2, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Rachel

    Cheat on taxes. Pay up only if caught. Say you are sorry. Get job in Obama administration.

    February 2, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. sg

    Surprised – I'm not. This is the expectation from Democrats. They're morally and ethically corupt. What is abnormal behavior to most everyone else is normal for dems and libs.

    February 2, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    There is no stronger Obama supporter than me, but Daschle should withdraw. Obama didn't know about this tax thing when the job was offered. It is up to the Senate to disapprove of Daschle, if the Senate approves, Obama is stuck. Sure Obama could step up and fire Daschle, but if Daschle is good enough for the Senate, and hence, the representatives of the American people, I think Daschle proves the point that what he did wasn't bad enough to dismiss him.

    February 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. tim

    Daschle filed his amended returns AFTER he was notified by Obama that he was in the running. Same thing happened with Geithner.

    And Daschle said he paid his taxes promptly, meaning after he filed his amended returns. Sorry Tom, promplty means by the time there were originally due.

    I don't understand why Obama is standing by these crooks. Can an Obama supporter please clarify?

    February 2, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Scott L

    This 2008 tax year, I am NOT going to pay any tax penalties on money that I earned or even money that I fail to report. This should instantly qualify me for a seat on the Democratic political scene. In fact, Obama should appoint me and we should call this new process of appointment the DashelRangel appointment procedures. Under status 1-28b(c) I will be exempt from paying any of those penalties because the IRS will see that I fit into the DashelRangel procedure and they will instantly make me exempt from anything that lower income Americans are subject to.

    February 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Ray Ray

    Why doesn't Obama just put Daschle in charge of the Department of Treasury?

    OOPS – forgot.. Obama appointed a DIFFERENT tax-cheat to head up the Treasury (Gaithner).

    Too bad Al Capone isn't alive. With his tax-evading record Obama would have given Capone charge over the ATF (alcohol, tobacco, & firearms).

    February 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Andy J, Upstate NY

    this guy shouldn't be confirmed.

    how can we trust him to be in charge of medicare and he doesn't even pay his medicare taxes?

    absurd. So much for the "new era of responsibility"

    i find it hard to believe Tom fricken Daschle is the only guy in America that can be the secretary of health and human services.

    February 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Independent Again

    Now we know why Democrats love higher taxes....

    Because they never pay them!!!

    Where is the accountability Pres. Obama? What happened to the statement over and over on the campaign trial that

    "NO lobbyists will never have jobs in my administration?"

    All u people that voted for "CHANGE" ARE sheeps!!!


    February 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. California Gold

    This guy (Daschle) is poison: cheats on his income taxes and comes to us fresh from the back pocket of health insurance companies. Is President Obama for real?????? Come on. I'd rather see John Edwards nominated. At least he aggressively and successfully sued insurance companies on behalf of the patient. Daschle advocates for the insurance companies. Wrong side of the table bubba.

    February 2, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. joe

    give me break

    February 2, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. gary in OK

    Oh, the way of government and weathly people. When they get caught, just say they are sorry and pay the piddle amount owed from the millions they made.

    Then a quick slap on the wrist and off to another non-working high paying government job.

    February 2, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. aware

    Down the drain dems! 😦

    The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state, but the wall is a one-directional wall. It keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in the government.

    Thomas Jefferson said, "The reason that Christianity is the best friend of the government is because Christianity is the only religion in the world that deals with the heart."

    James Madison said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not on the power of government – far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

    George Washington said, "Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics. We cannot expect national morality to prevail if we exclude religious principle."

    Benjamin Franklin said, "He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of the Christian faith will change the face of the world."

    John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate apart from morality and religion."

    So – it’s high time for us to recapture the faith heritage which is so much a part of the American experience.

    February 2, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Dems be dopes

    I'm doing my taxes on the new 1040dem form this year. It's even easier than the 1040EZ, the only IRS form that can be filled out with a crayon. With the 1040dem, you just take the form, wad it up, and throw it away. One caveat: you have to fill out a Schedule OOPS if you ever get nominated for a high visibility position.

    "Change You Can Believe In"

    That is the change in your pocket, if NoBama does not take all of it.

    February 2, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Jano 1234

    ....and one fo the first pledges that Obama has gone back on. Did you say that Daschle's wife is a lobbyist and he has worked in the medical field as one. Funny but sa.

    February 2, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Jano 1234

    ....and one fo the first pledges that Obama has gone back on. Did you say that Daschle's wife is a lobbyist and he has worked in the medical field as one. Funny but sad.

    February 2, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Happy Camper

    There was a time when crooks would be kicked out of Washington on their cans. Now they are promoted to positions with higher acclaim.

    Being a public servant used to be a honorable profession. It's turned into a denizen and empire of lies where the slippery succeed and the honest are ridiculed and portrayed as fringe. Sad.

    February 2, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Paying it back

    So if I understand this correctly, the new rule of thumb is that you can steal, you can lie, and you can cheat on your taxes as long as you will pay it back when caught and running for a new position in government?

    Geithner ($34,000), Daschle ($140,000), and who and what amount is next in your administration, Mr. President?

    February 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Joanne

    You have got to be kidding. Daschle should not be confirmed. What a message being sent out to our children. Cheat, lie and don't pay your taxes. While people are working and strugling and pay their taxes, these pampered politicians think the rules don't apply to them. What a disgrace. Don't tell me to call or write our senater, they are not listening. Done that, tried that and get no where.

    February 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. JB

    Didn't pay taxes? It's OK.. He's a Democrat.
    Go back to sleep

    February 2, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. ski

    According to the website of the law and lobbying firm where Daschle works one of Daschle’s areas of expertise is “taxes.”
    He just forgot to claim 15,000 in charitable donations, unreported car service and more than $80,000 in unreported income from consulting.
    I wonder what would happen to the rest of us if we just forget to pay our taxes for 4 – 5 years, and we are not "experts" in taxes like him.

    February 2, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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