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Far more significant for the country, Tumulty says, is the expected vacancy once Packwood forfeits the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Finance committee. "Every single important issue in the fall -- welfare reform, tax cuts, Medicare and Medicaid -- has to come through that committee. Senator Bill Roth of Delaware, the vice chairman, is a weak second. This leaves Bob Dole with three jobs: running for President, running the Senate, and running the Senate Finance Committee."