Camp to Push Tax Reform at House GOP Retreat

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 08:39 AM

By Courtney Coren

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp is planning to present tax reform as a top legislative priority this year in Congress at the House Republican Conference retreat later this month.

The Michigan Republican had planned to push tax reform through in 2013, but GOP leaders wanted to keep the party's focus on President Barack Obama and his troubled rollout of Obamacare, The Hill reported Wednesday.

The challenge for conservatives be getting Republican leaders on board with an issue that could prove controversial for the party in an election year.

"Ultimately, leadership will follow what the conference wants," said Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany, a Ways and Means member. "Right now, leadership's risk adverse. They don't want to put anybody at risk in a political year. But if the conference feels strongly that this is a path forward on the economy, then I think leadership will pay attention."

The annual retreat, scheduled to begin Jan. 29 in Maryland, is seen as an opportunity to get conservative Republicans in the House on board with an issue that many of them already support.

To that end, Camp released a video Wednesday explaining his goal of reducing taxes on working families while also boosting profits for businesses.



"Tax reform done right can not only make the tax code simpler and fairer, it can create a climate for real investment and growth and promote a meaningful policy discussion about an economic agenda to move America forward," Camp says in the video.

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