Lawmakers plan Philly-area stops in tax-reform tour

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., talk about tax reform to 3M employees at the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood, Minn. Two of the most powerful members of Congress, Baucus, a Democrat, and Camp, a Republican, are touring the country to rally support for their effort to overhaul the nation’s tax laws. (AP photo)

Two lawmakers traveling the country this summer to promote tax reform will make their pitch at two stops in the Philadelphia area today.

Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will visit Mrs. G's TV & Appliances in Lawrenceville this morning, then head to The Hub Centers for Meeting and Collaboration at 29th and Arch streets in Philadelphia in the afternoon.

The lawmakers are touring the nation in an effort to rally public support for reforming the tax code. The tour kicked off in Minnesota earlier this month; the Philadelphia trip is the duo's second stop.

Baucus, the Senate Finance Committee chairman, and Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, say they want to hear from the public about creating a better tax code.

The men -- who lead Congress' tax-writing committees -- say discussions at the Philadelphia stops will focus on explaining how tax reform could help the economy, job creation and wages.

"The status quo, which is today’s tax code, isn’t working. It is too complex and every dollar spent and hour consumed figuring out how to comply is time and money they can’t reinvest back into their business and their workers," the lawmakers said in a joint statement. "We’re hitting the road so that we can hear from job creators and families alike about how we can move past the status quo and make the system fairer and easier to deal with for all Americans."


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