Recognizing John M. Samuelsby Former Representative Dave Camp
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mr. CAMP. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the enormous
contributions made by John M. Samuels to the development of sound U.S.
tax policy over the last 40 years. John Samuels is retiring from the
General Electric Company at the end of this year, where he has been the
Vice President and Senior Counsel for Tax Policy and Planning since
1988. Before joining GE, John had a successful career in private
practice and spent several years at the U.S. Department of Treasury, as
Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel and Tax Legislative Counsel.
Most press articles about John highlight his distinguished career at GE. And while that is important, I want to acknowledge the work he has done behind the scenes to promote sound, effective, pro-growth tax policies for the benefit of the entire U.S. economy. The progress we have made in advancing the cause of comprehensive tax reform has benefited enormously from his efforts.
One example has been his support of academic research into international corporate tax issues through the founding of the International Tax Policy Forum (ITPF). John Samuels has served as the chairman of ITPF since it was founded in 1992. ITPF, which has been called the ``world's leading tax think tank,'' plays a unique and important role in sponsoring nonpartisan academic research, often by young, up-and-coming scholars, and hosting conferences at which such papers are presented, discussed, and debated. This gives tax policymakers in Washington access to a much broader body of research and thought than we would otherwise have, thus informing and elevating the policy discussions taking place in Congress, in the Administration, and at other think tanks.
In 2009, John received the Tax Foundation's Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to tax policy. In announcing the award, the President of the Tax Foundation said, ``John's leadership in facilitating a rational debate on international tax policy is without peer.'' While John is retiring from GE, he is not retiring from the world of tax policy. I know his leadership in ``facilitating a rational debate on international tax policy'' will carry on. I am confident his contributions will continue in the next chapter of his distinguished career. And I know that my colleagues who will push forward in Congress on the extremely important work we started in reforming our tax code will turn to John Samuels again and again for advice, ideas, and wise counsel.