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Tax reform: Why Rep. Dave Camp won't rest until it's done

GOP Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, says he's willing to 'walk down every street' to build consensus in Congress on tax reform.


GOP Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at the Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor

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Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R) of Michigan has led the House's tax-writing panel since 2011. Representative Camp was the guest at the April 11 Monitor Breakfast.

The need for tax reform:

"The code is too complicated. Americans spend about 6 billion hours a year complying with the code. For the average person, it is about 13 hours. It is a cost and a drag on the economy of about $168 billion."


His decision to write tax legislation through a committee process rather than behind closed doors:

"You build to ... consensus on big things from the committee level up, from the ground up.... The best way to do that is through a committee process. I'm going to walk down every street I can to get tax reform done."

The idea of doing away with the federal income tax in favor of another approach, such as a consumption tax:


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