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

Baucus lays out Daschle roadmap

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/02/art.getty.max.baucus.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Tom Daschle
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. tgtguy

    How do I get a good paying gig adn not pay my taxes? Life is good when you're a Dem.

    February 2, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. WIlly Brown

    Just please explain the the American voters whay there is a double standard...

    February 2, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. daniel cabrera

    People please be real, this guy is very ok!

    Another one? Daschle now? Now, this is entertainment, alright !

    This man is ok, just consider the fact that it seems the american public is accepting all the CORRUPTION,INDECENCY,NONSENSE as qualifiacations or keys, in order to hold a public office,...does not look that way? Exactly!, course it does!

    And as result we do have, Al Franken,...aaahhh!!! and in Illilnois, Blagojevich, who is product of the SAME CHICAGO-CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE FROM WHERE OBAMA COMES FROM.

    And so right now inside the top government we have, Obama himself,sorounded by Geithner,Holder,... not to mention the WALLSTREET/FREDDIE-FANNIE CROOKS AND THIEVES GANG cover-up group :- Frank,Pelosi,Reid,Dood,Cox and others too.

    So, in other words 'TOP QUALITY PEOPLE' , no? ....he-he-he then ,....WHY; NOT ANOTHER CROOK INTO THE MIX ?,...IT LOOKS ABOUT RIGHT, does that work for you ?

    Sleep well,
    Daniel Cabrera

    February 2, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Lyle

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner was easily rubber-stamped into office and there is little chance that anything will derail the rubber-stamping of Tom Daschle.

    It is clear that under Mr. Obama’s rule, tax evasion is no longer a crime but rather is an accomplishment to be proud of and rewarded.

    February 2, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Big Al

    "Errors" my arse. Tax evasion – pure and simple.

    Also, appears that the prohibition against lobbyists doesn't apply to Daschle. Doesn't say much for this country if Daschle is the best we have for this post.

    Oh well – Change you can believe in?

    February 2, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. lolo

    TAX only for little people NOT for liberal democrats whos like giving away taxpayer for buying vote

    February 2, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. KJL

    What a joke. Who believes any of this would have been reported to the IRS if a cabinet appointment were not on the line.

    Makes one wonder how bad the news is about the rest of those in Washington when something of this magnitude does not stop a cabinet post nomination from being confirmed?

    February 2, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Outspoken

    Don't you just love these LIMOUSINE LIBERALS (aka Democrats). This is why they love to raise taxes. Because they know THEY'RE NOT GOING TO PAY THEM ANYWAY!

    (This administration is well on its way to being the most corrupt in history.)

    February 2, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. CA Indie for Obama

    voted for Obama, but this is another pick that appears not to have been vetted as much as it should have been. I think PO needs to have Daschle gracefully bow out (even though he called the IRS on his own) and nominate another person. Daschle is qualified based on past service; however, the tax problem may compromise his authority, especially with Geitner already in the same boat (except he has been approved already).

    disappointing, yes, but overall, way too soon to tell. I didn't start bush bashing until he diverted resources from bin Laden to Saddam. Obama, like all incoming presidents, should be given some time to get settled in.

    February 2, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    Where are all the libs who were roasting "Joe the Plumber" for a tax lien he wasn't even notified about for $1100? I remember all the "libs" calling this average citizen a "tax cheat" and saying his opinion didn't matter because he didn't pay his taxes. I haven't heard from one of you about Geithner or Daschle and they cheated on their income tax, can you say “double-standard”? I thought paying more taxes was, as Joe Biden states "Patriotic". I guess these 2 individuals would fall into the "UNPATRIOTIC" category, actually worse because Biden said you were not patriotic if you didn't want to pay more in taxes, these guys won't even pay their taxes at the current Bush tax rates. I thought the Obama administration was big on the "rich should pay their fair share". Why does this not apply to 2 of his nominations, they're rich? They are all hypocrites, lying, self-serving, frauds and this is who Obama wants to put in charge of spending our tax dollars and our children’s tax dollars. --- Where are you libs, don't be shy, be the first to step up and call Geithner & Daschle "tax cheats" and state their opinion doesn't matter. (...crickets chirping)

    February 2, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Dont blame me

    Geithner owed $38,000 in back taxes
    Daschle owed $128,000 in back taxes.

    Ah, Obama CHANGE that we can believe in.

    February 2, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    The dems response:
    1. See no evil
    2. Hear no evil
    3. Rubber stamp it!

    February 2, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. DEMwits

    what's the big deal?

    it's only 80 grand....that's chump change to all of us average Americans...I would forget about that too

    February 2, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    I will point out on this story the same fallacy that I pointed out on Geithner's nomination: what makes you think that these people do their own taxes? Because YOU do? Sorry, folks, people in Daschle's (and Geithner's) position have accountants, business managers, or financial firms that do their taxes. Yes, ultimately the taxpayer who signs the form is responsible if something is wrong, but please, insinuating illegal intent without full information and access to the records should be left to the IRS, the courts, and in this case, to a Congressional committee who will have such access. Where is all that outrage about considering people innocent of until proven guilty?

    A careful reading of his background will show that he tends to be moderate in both his career in the House and the Senate, and was an outspoken critic of the Iraqi war. Nothing I can find in his background in the public view shows a tendency toward financial indiscretions

    I suggest that rather than depending on the written equivalent of soundbites, you do some research before blogging.

    February 2, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Matthew Richardson

    The liberals determined Joe the Plumber wasn't qualified for the public stage due to tax issues. Using their standards neither is Daschle. If Daschle is confirmed we will have two members of the cabinet who are not patriots; this isn't by my standards it is by Joe Biden's. Is this change we can believe in?

    February 2, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. kiop

    I am OUTRAGED that so many of Obama's choices have not paid taxes, and are getting thru the selection process by saying, 'oops, sorry'.. Would we ever be able to get away with such BS? Congress – 'do as we say, not as we do'.. . This administration is shaping up to look like a circus, I can't wait to see a bearded-lady nominated for something. Sheesh..

    February 2, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Terry

    So Daschle is a tax evader with a wife who is a lobbyist…he should sail thru the confirmation….because I'm sure he is the ooooonly one in the wwwwwwworld who is qualified for the job.

    We now have another tax evader, one who had an illegal worker, the largest conflict of interest nominee ever, attorney general with shady dealings in defending terrorist & a pardoner of crooks and lobbyists all over the place even after the Executive Order barring lobbyists.

    What does it take to be a disqualified nominee?

    Dorothy…Click your heels together and say "there's no place like Illinois…there's no place like Illinois"

    February 2, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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