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Lobbyists applaud plan to jam Dems on tax reform

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“We could talk tax reform to death,” said John Guzik, a founding partner at Franklin Partnership. “This forces both chambers to act.”

There’s no guarantee that Camp’s gambit will succeed, as Democrats are insistent that they will not accept any debt-ceiling legislation that isn’t “clean” of other provisions.

But with an election year just months away, lobbyists are hopeful that a “fast-track” process for tax reform could rouse lawmakers to action.

“They don’t work in the Capitol without a deadline,” said Guzik, who served as chief of staff to Camp for a decade. “I know there are a lot of people who would prefer the Ways and Means Committee to move expeditiously to get tax reform done.”

Camp and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, have been plugging away at tax reform legislation this year, even going on a road show to try and generate public support.

But many in Washington remain skeptical that the arduous process of weeding out tax breaks to lower corporate and individual tax rates is possible.

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