Watch what Baker did to ensure House Democrats would support a tax reform bill, and find out how he obtained the support of House Republicans. In 1985, tax reform was the top priority for the Reagan administration. Baker, the new secretary of the treasury, needed to create a bill that both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill could stand behind. Congressional Democrats agreed to get behind the plan, but House Republicans complained that Baker had given away too many concessions. Conservative Republicans organized to fight Baker's tax reform program, but Baker had the president's ear.