Democratic leaders are already making promises that the future of the alternative minimum tax will be the focus of the debate over next year's budget, according to published reports.

According to the Washington Post, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., the presumptive chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., both said the AMT will be a tax policy priority in the next year.

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