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Momentum Grows for Camp’s Effort to Make the Tax Code Simpler, Fairer and Flatter

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Washington, Aug 2, 2013 | comments

While much of the focus in Congress has been on political bickering and infighting, the efforts of Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) to lead the first re-write of the tax code since Ronald Reagan in 1986, continues to gain momentum across the nation – and across the political spectrum.

Detroit News Highlights Camp's Legislative Drafts

A Detroit News story titled, "Reaching across the aisle for tax reform," reported that University of Michigan law professor, Reuven Avi-Yonah, who specializes in international taxation said, “Each one of these proposals is a genuine attempt to put forth something that can actually be legislated with bipartisan support.”

Two Former Pennsylvania Governor’s (a Republican and a Democrat) Urge Action

An oped in the Philadelphia Inquirer penned by former PA Governor Ed Rendell (D) and former PA Governor Tom Ridge (R) stated, “Having two senior lawmakers [Rep. Dave Camp and Sen. Max Baucus] from both parties and both houses of Congress willing to work together on major legislation is nothing short of remarkable. If they are successful, tax reform can boost the economy and help control our unsustainable national debt.”

The Wall Street Journal Commends Camp-Baucus Effort

The July 31, 2013, edition of the Wall Street Journal included an editorial objecting to the President’s call for higher taxes and noted, “The real bipartisan reform opportunity would be to get behind the chief Senate and House tax writers, Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Dave Camp. They've been holding hearings on tax reform for years…”

Camp’s Vision of Tax Reform Winning Over Centrist Democrats

A recent Politico story entitled, “Inside The New Dems Meeting With Camp,” reported that, “The New Democrats are preparing to take an active role in the upcoming tax reform debate and to kick off that effort, the lawmakers held a closed-door meeting with House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp on Wednesday. A staffer for a senior New Democrat said the lawmakers and Camp discussed a range of tax topics normally controversial for Democrats, including dynamic scoring and revenue…the New Dems told Camp they could support a revenue neutral tax bill that uses both static and dynamic scoring to judge economic benefit and cost.”

Conservative Columnist Underscores Importance of Tax Reform for Everybody

In an recent piece nationally-syndicated columnist Donald Lambro wrote, "Camp is proposing that we free our economy from a suffocating tax code to unlock needed capital investment, stronger growth, new enterprises and a wave of better-paying jobs. His plan deserves our support."

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