Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Tom Davis

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Tom Davis

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Rep. Tom Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, was the guest at Wednesday's Monitor breakfast.

Davis, a Virginia Republican, seemed destined for a life in politics.

By seventh grade, he could name every member of the House of Representatives. During high school, Davis started his Washington career by serving four years as a US Senate page.

He went on to graduate from Amherst College and the University of Virginia law school.

Tom Davis was first elected to Congress in 1994. Just four years after he arrived on the Hill, his colleagues elected him chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which recruits congressional candidates and helps them raise funds. Davis, well known in Washington for his skills as a political strategist, served in that post until 2002. In January 2003, he became chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.

The panel has conducted recent hearings on steroid use in baseball, the federal response to hurricane Katrina, and governmental efforts to prepare for a possible avian flu epidemic.

Here are excerpts from Davis's remarks at the Monitor breakfast:

On prospects for tax reform being center of President Bush's agenda in 2006 as has been rumored in Washington:

"You are not going to get tax reform in this environment.... I think tax reform is probably something that polls well. The difficulty is translating that into a concrete proposal. Any time you change the tax code, there are winners and losers. And my experience has been that the losers really dig in.... I don't think you are going to be able to get a major tax reform out in this atmosphere."

On the ongoing investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name:

"I am just very, very disappointed the White House didn't take care of this earlier as soon as it came up, and take it more seriously and do their own investigation and take care of the people that were involved. …

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