At his news conference, Camp declared, "The time to act is now" as he made public his plan, the results of months of painstaking study and struggle.
Just how painstaking?
His committee held more than 30 hearings, including the first joint airing of the issue with the Senate since World War II, he noted. He and House Democrats formed 11 bipartisan working groups and created a website that has received 14,000 public comments.
He and ex-Sen. Max Baucus, the former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, made a handful of joint beyond-the-Washington Beltway appearances to try to build support for their legislative priorities. Baucus is now U.S. ambassador to China.
Yet as Camp spoke, Congress yawned.
Rank-and-file Republicans, who customarily issue statements welcoming even relatively minor bills, sheathed their news releases when it came to Camp's work.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman and senior Republican, respectively, on the Senate Finance Committee, issued a statement praising Camp for his efforts.
"We look forward to working with members in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to move the conversation forward," they wrote.
They made no pledge to try to produce their own version of a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code, or even separate ones. They offered no commitment to hold hearings on Camp's work.
David Espo is chief congressional correspondent for The Associated Press.
An AP News Analysis