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Alex Brosseau, Published January 30 2011

Not one word from Rep. Berg

I attended with great interest Jan. 20 a hearing of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, during which the committee and a panel of expert witnesses examined the topic of tax reform.

It is a distinct privilege for a member of Congress to sit on this tax-writing committee. This is especially true now – a time when Congress may undertake a reform effort to address both U.S. competitiveness and – depending on how it’s done – the unsustainable trajectory of our federal debt.

Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., by his assignment to this committee, is uniquely positioned to influence critical federal policy.

I listened intently as the members questioned the witnesses. As a former North Dakotan, I was especially eager to hear Berg – an experienced state legislator and businessman – express his views. To my disappointment, however, Berg was the only member to neither question the witnesses nor indicate in a substantive way his position on any aspect of the tax system.

I hope Berg prepares diligently as Congress continues to examine this subject. Fundamental tax reform would affect virtually every U.S. citizen and business. Berg, as a member of Ways and Means, has a solemn responsibility to be fully engaged in the process.