WASHINGTON (AP) - In general, the occurrence of important bills on behalf of the chairman of a powerful congressional committee could indicate a major offensive in Congress in order to show the achievements in an election year.
Not the case for tax reform, now filed in the corner of the “do not disturb”, as the immigration, trade and increase the federal minimum wage.
When Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, issued Wednesday a 182-page summary to reform the tax system, was the beginning, middle and end of the subject in the current legislature.
They said even other Republicans.
Especially other Republicans.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, asked beforehand whether the GOP should support the work carried out for a year Camp, and carefully responded that “there is a little ahead of himself.”
A day earlier, the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate Mitch McConnell was blunter, stating that Camp was wasting time. “No hope” that there is reform, told reporters at the Capitol.
McConnell blamed Democrats who want to use tax reform to get a billion dollars in new tax burdens over a decade. The Republican leader said that if voters want reform, should give his party a majority in the Senate in the November elections.
“Now, if next year we had a new Republican Senate, along with a Republican House, I think at least we could have a legal agreement that highlights the importance of reducing the tax burden and make America competitive, and not give the higher government revenues, “he said.
The Democrats, with other ideas before the November elections, did not seem concerned that Camp follows a policy that could be transformed quickly into attack ads before November.
“Any proposal to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, as they think do Republicans becoming corpse,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer ignoring protests from Boehner that the proposed Camp are yours alone and not party.
Just made president of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. “We will assess the Republican plan to see if it meets” standards to improve the economy create jobs and help the middle class, he insisted.