House GOP Seeking Some Bipartisan Support for Tax Reform Plan
by Patrick Lester, 7/8/2013
The Republican chairman of the House tax-writing committee, Dave Camp (R-MI), is reportedly looking to pick up support from at least a few Democrats for the GOP tax reform plan, according to a story in Politico. The outreach follows previous indications that the House GOP would be willing to pass tax reform without the help of Democrats if necessary.
According to Politico:
Camp, a Michigan Republican, doesn’t need their support right away.
He could almost certainly pass a bill through his committee that meets his objectives — cutting corporate and individual rates to 25 percent without raising the amount of revenue the government collects — relying solely on GOP support.
But he has big challenges ahead, and bipartisanship might be his only way to get there.
He’s touring the country this summer with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to rally public support for an overhaul, starting with events on Monday in the Minneapolis area. And there’s a sense that a tax reform bill, which is bound to be complex and politically precarious, could enjoy more momentum on the House floor if it emerges from the committee with at least some Democratic support.
According to the story, Camp is targeting Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and John Larson (D-CT). The effort at bipartisan outreach in the House follows a similar effort on the Senate side, where Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) issued a joint call in June for other senators to let them know which tax breaks should be kept intact in the Senate plan.
So far, the various sides have attempted to avoid a fight over whether tax reform should raise new revenue. Last month, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said that four or five of the 16 Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee may vote for a revenue-neutral bill, but he would not be one of them.
“I’m meeting with every Democrat on my committee," Camp (R-MI) told The Hill in June. "Many of them say they would like to see more revenue. And I just say: ‘Look, let’s not go to our corners. I don’t think it’s productive to focus on where we disagree.”
Camp has said he hopes his committee will pass legislation by the end of this year.