Camp: Tax reform needs to go beyond corporate

Republicans have long opposed the White House push to increase tax rates on family incomes north of $250,000 a year, at least in part because of the impact on businesses that pay taxes through the individual code. 

Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE, has said President Obama's offer on corporate tax reform was a "red herring."

"We've always said you need to do both, given the way they interact," Steel said. "The issue is the individual rates because of the small business jobs impact."

Camp and other Republicans have also pushed back in recent days on corporate executives who have said they believe rate increases would need to be part of any deal to avert the broad spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect at the end of the year. 

One of those executives, Jim McNerney of Boeing, said Wednesday that he thinks any deal should also acknowledge that corporate tax reform needs to happen next year.

"Corporate tax reform has already been agreed to on a bipartisan basis," McNerney, the chairman of the Business Roundtable, told reporters on Wednesday. "It's the least of the issues that confront us right now," he said. 

Vicki Needham contributed.

This post was updated at 12:59 p.m.