Tax Woes Likely Won't Derail Daschle Confirmation

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The White House says President Obama still expects his nominee for health secretary, Tom Daschle, to be confirmed despite "some tax issues."

The former senator has filed amended tax returns reporting more than $128,000 in back taxes and nearly $12,000 in interest for 2005 to 2007. That covers income from consulting work, use of a car service and lower deductions for charitable contributions.

Daschle's spokeswoman says he deeply regrets the mistake, and that he has answered all questions from the Senate Finance Committee promptly.

That committee will meet Monday to discuss Daschle's nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement saying that the president has confidence that Sen. Daschle is the right person to lead the fight for health care reform. Gibbs said that in preparation for his nomination, Daschle and his accountant identified some tax issues and fixed them.



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