November 24, 2020

Tax Prom 2020: A Tribute to Congressional Staff

Every year, for over 80 years, the Tax Foundation has hosted its end-of-year gala, Tax Prom, to bring together the tax community in a spirit of bipartisanship and to celebrate the hard work of the year.

In 2020, like so many other things, Tax Prom was a little different. Instead of gathering in person, we brought the celebration online and dedicated the evening to a very special group of people—Congressional Staff, the unsung heroes in Congress.

After all, these people are the glue that holds Congress together, who draft the bills, sweat the details, and work late into the night.

We spoke with dozens of congressional staffers and leaders in the tax community, past and present, Democrat and Republican, to hear what it’s like working on Capitol Hill every day, on policies that impact millions.

Below, you can watch a recording of the full Tax Prom 2020 tribute, hosted by Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge and Russ Sullivan, chair of the National Tax Policy Group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC and Capitol Hill veteran in his own right.

As with any production, there was a lot of footage from Tax Prom 2020 that ended up on the cutting room floor—about 8 hours, to be exact. Below, we’ve made all our interviews available, unabridged, for your enjoyment.

Trust us when we say that every single discussion was fascinating—a tribute to the diverse, passionate, and always-entertaining all-stars of the tax community.

Watch our full interview with Barbara Angus, former Chief Tax Counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee.

Watch our full interview with Kathleen Black, former tax policy adviser for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX).

Watch our full interview with Jennifer DeCasper, Chief of Staff for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

Watch our full interview with Aruna Kalyanam, Majority Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee.

Watch our full interview with Ken Kies, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Watch our full interview with Cathy Koch, former Chief Advisor for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Watch our full interview with David Morgan, former Tax and Legislative Counsel for Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA).

Watch our full interview with Lindy Paull, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Watch our full interview with Ji Prichard, current Tax Counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee.

Watch our full interview with Cary Pugh, former Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and Special Counsel to the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

Watch our full interview with Amy Roberti, former Tax Counsel to Rep. John Larson (D-CT).

Watch our full interview with the Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ways and Means Chairman, and staffer for Rep. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Sen. Robert Kasten (R-WI).

Watch our full interview with Bob Shapiro, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Watch our full interview with George Yin, former Chief of Staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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