Washington -- Senators Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have been tapped by the Senate Democratic Steering Committee to fill the taxwriter slots on the Finance Committee.

Schumer had announced that he would fill one of the vacant tax posts at Finance, according to reports.

To become eligible for the open taxwriter post, Wyden, according to reports, was required to relinquish his postions on both the Environment and Public Works and Commerce Committees, respectively.

"The tax, health, and trade policies written by the Finance Committee have a direct impact on every American family, and responsible leadership on these issues is key," Wyden said in a statement.

A fierce battle is anticipated between Democratic taxwriters and the inevitable push for tax code reform during President Bush's second term in office.

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