Camp Hedges on Future of Tax Plan

Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Congressman Dave Camp (L) speaks during a House Ways and Means Committee markup hearing on The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Acton September 24, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The bill would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to increase the Department of Commerce's power to impose duties on China over its currency under-valuation. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Billy House
March 5, 2014, 6:28 a.m.

House Ways and Means Chair­man Dave Camp on Wed­nes­day de­clined to say wheth­er his com­mit­tee will ever trans­late the massive tax-re­form plan he un­veiled last week in­to ac­tu­al le­gis­la­tion.

“I think it’s very dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the pro­cess from here go­ing for­ward,” Camp told re­port­ers at a break­fast hos­ted by The Chris­ti­an Sci­ence Mon­it­or.

Camp is likely serving his last nine months as head of the tax-code-writ­ing com­mit­tee be­cause of House GOP term-lim­it rules re­gard­ing chair­man­ships and rank­ing-mem­ber po­s­i­tions. Budget Com­mit­tee Chair­man Paul Ry­an is his likely suc­cessor, al­though Rep. Kev­in Brady has also in­dic­ated in­terest.

Even so, Camp talked to re­port­ers on Wed­nes­day about what he said looms as plenty of “op­por­tun­ity” through the end of the year. “We have a long time left. I think nine months is a long time to coast,” he said. “A lot of things can hap­pen quickly around here. I’ve seen it be­fore.”

When pressed about what he meant — would there be an ac­tu­al com­mit­tee markup of his bill? — Camp would not com­mit to that hap­pen­ing. Rather, he said what’s go­ing on now are ef­forts at get­ting and gauging re­ac­tion and ana­lys­is about the pro­pos­als, “and really mak­ing sure that I and oth­ers un­der­stand the im­pact that the pro­pos­als may have.”

Was it a mis­take, then, to term-lim­it chair­man­ships?

Camp paused and smiled as if amused the ques­tion would even need to be asked, and answered: “Yes, I think so.”


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