Democrats Hopeful on Bipartisan Tax Reform Bill, Remain Unsure About Draft From Camp

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By Aaron E. Lorenzo

House Ways and Means Committee Democrats remain uncertain about forthcoming legislation to overhaul the tax code from Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), a legislative aide on the minority side said Aug. 13.

Majority staff is taking this month to draft a tax reform bill to mark up in September or October, but Democrats on the panel are unsure whether it will be bipartisan. They are hopeful the language will mirror outreach from across the aisle to date, said Arthur Mandel, legislative director for Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a Ways and Means member.

But Camp has not yet given any indication on this.

“The signals are all there,” Mandel said during a luncheon hosted by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. “But we haven't gotten a phone call [asking] what do we need to move this bill, so we just kind of hope that the bipartisanship we've already had will continue.”

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