The chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will be the key players in deciding how $190 billion worth of spending cuts and tax increases are made.
HOUSE:Dan Rostenkowski, of Illinois.
Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, since 1981.
Born: Jan. 2, 1928
First elected: House 1958. Continuous service.
Tough bargainer, a wily, rumpled graduate of the Chicago school of politics. Friend of George Bush.
Opposes capital gains tax breaks, favors progressive tax rates, resists opening loopholes. Reluctantly supported the failed Bush-congressional leadership budget summit plan, but vowed to soften its Medicare cuts and increases in sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco.