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“Max and Dave” tax reform roadshow heads to California

TaxesSen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will tour California this week to talk about tax reform with local businesses.

On Monday, Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, visited San Francisco, and on Tuesday, the pair toured Intel in the Silicon Valley.

California is the third stop on the tour dubbed the “Max and Dave” road show, which started in Minnesota and continued to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The lawmakers intend to bring tax reform before Congress in the fall, though they face an uphill battle amid calls for more revenue.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has called for additional revenue, while Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said reform is “not about raising revenue for the government,” according to NPR.

The last time Congress passed a major overhaul of the tax system was in 1986, when a plan was drafted over two pitchers of beer at Capitol Hill pub Kelly’s Irish Times. Every two weeks, Baucus and Camp meet for a “two-pitcher” lunch at the pub with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The goal of the tax reform campaign is to garner public support and input on tax code reform.

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