The two chairmen are pressing to build grassroots support for their long-time goal of tax reform. Both Camp and Baucus have told colleagues they will mark up a bill this fall, but many in Washington believe the two chairmen face long odds.
Baucus and Camp have also called for overhauling both the corporate and individual tax systems, though President Obama has so far shown more interest in the corporate side. Many small businesses pay taxes as individuals.
Fred Smith, FedEx’s chief executive, underscored the divide that sometimes pops to the surface between big and small business during last year’s "fiscal-cliff" debate, when he called for increasing individual rates and lowering corporate rates.
The "fiscal-cliff" deal also put permanent parameters for the estate tax, a concern for many family farms, into place. But Obama has since called for rolling back the current 40 percent rate and inflation-indexed $5 million exemption.