ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan form an unlikely pair. Baucus is a Democrat and Camp a Republican. Yet they are Washington’s newest power couple, developing a close friendship as they promote their plan to overhaul the nation’s tax laws.
Along the way, they are helping Democrats and Republicans get to know each other a little better in an effort to break the gridlock that consumes Washington.
Last week, they toured two businesses in the St. Paul, Minn., area. It was the first of several trips this summer highlighting a tax system that many say is too complicated for individuals and too onerous for businesses.
Back in Washington, Baucus and Camp woo lawmakers of both parties and try to thaw relations over burgers and beer.