“There are a lot of distractions in this town and this is another one,” Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi, a senior Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, told POLITICO. “It takes away from the oxygen of tax reform.”

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Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, said the IRS mess could “infect tax reform.”

“That would be a sad result,” he said…

“If the Democrats try to swoosh it under the table it will impact everything around here,” said Hatch. “It all depends on how they handle it.”