By Bernie Becker and Russell Berman - 12/12/12 04:56 PM EST
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 Boehner, 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."
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.