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Tax reform has long been a bipartisan goal of top tax writers, with Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., ranking member Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., keen on crafting an overhaul that would simplify the code, lower rates and shrink deductions.
But that push could be hindered by Obamaís demand for more revenue ó and the GOPís position that taxes are off the table after the fiscal cliff deal netted $620 billion in revenue.
The president, meanwhile, doesnít appear sold on the idea that his agenda will get more traction if heís nicer to the GOP or holds more cocktail parties.
Obama said that itís up to voters to reward lawmakers who look for common ground. ďThatíll be true whether Iím the life of the party or a stick in the mud,Ē he said.