• Tax Reform's Latest Hurdle: A Possible Senate Run
  • August 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • Comprehensive tax reform has always been a Herculean legislative lift for proponents in both chambers, but the effort could get even more difficult. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) is considering a run for the Senate seat being left open by the retirement of long-time Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

    From his perch atop the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Camp has been a tireless and vocal leader of the efforts to overhaul our nation's tax code for years. A Senate bid by Camp would force the Michigan Republican to shift his emphasis from tax reform to a Senate run.

    Not only would a Senate bid by Camp result in a shift in his priorities, it could also lead Democrats in both chambers to be less willing to work with him. Given Camp's reputation for being able to work with members across the aisle in both chambers, such a move would certainly complicate reform efforts.