House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp conceded Wednesday that he won’t release a tax reform bill this year.
“We’re running out of time,” Camp told reporters in the Capitol.
House Republicans are scheduled to leave Washington for good at the end of next week.
In recent days, Camp has declined to lay out a timeline for reform, as GOP leaders remain all too happy to keep the healthcare law’s troubles front-and-center.
House and Senate negotiators have also said they’re getting closer to a budget deal, just over a week before their deadline.
Besides outside pressures, Camp has also faced some challenging projections from the Joint Committee on Taxation in trying to put a tax reform bill together. Ways and Means Republicans also acknowledge they have to step up their efforts to educate rank-and-file lawmakers about the trade-offs involved in tax reform.