The Hottest Ticket in Town

Tax reform faces a stern test in the House-Senate conference

A seat will guarantee a legislator the chance to sit through hours of grueling haggles in a smoke-choked committee room, and to be besieged mercilessly by hordes of lobbyists afterward. But the upside is irresistible: an opportunity to make history by deciding the details of a bill that will touch the wallet of just about every citizen. And so the most coveted ticket in Washington has become a seat on the House-Senate conference committee that will meet, probably the week of July 14, to put in final shape a radical overhaul of federal tax law. With billions riding even on technical...

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