Trump to congressional leaders: Tax reform will 'create millions of jobs'
Sep 07 2017
Gov. Doug Burgum tweeted a photo of the scene of Trump's speech, complete with an American flag hanging next to the stage and the refinery in the background.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp traveled with the president aboard Air Force One to an oil refinery in Mandan, where Trump was trying to build support for a tax overhaul.
Trump used the event to sell his plan, but its details are still to be determined.
Kylie Oversen, chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, called for bipartisan solutions for fixing the nation's "broken" tax code. The facility employs 250 people and is located about 10 miles west of Bismarck, North Dakota. "We need to get the economy growing again and that's what the president focused on".
In a Wednesday address at a North Dakota refinery, President Trump said his administration and USA lawmakers have a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to make big changes to US tax laws. Claire McCaskill stayed away.
Trump has also proposed consolidating the number of individual income tax brackets from seven to three and doubling the standard deduction.
"The taxes are insane - the highest taxed nation in the world".
"You listening, Heidi?" he joked, as he looked at Heitkamp.
The Democratic senator is expected to face a hard challenge for reelection next year in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 36 percentage points, one of his biggest margins of victory.
On Tuesday, Trump met with the "Big Six" - the group of Republican administration officials and lawmakers responsible for crafting tax reform legislation - and said he meant to reduce taxes for both individuals and businesses, which he hopes will spur job creation. "He isn't showing up in his a year ago to check a box". She knows which side her political bread is buttered on, but the move has gone over like a lead balloon among Heitkamp's fellow Democrats. John Hoeven and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, weighing a bid to challenge Heitkamp.
A statement released by the office of the White House press secretary said Trump wants Congress to act quickly.
But while Trump's White House is talking hopefully about bipartisanship, GOP leaders in Congress have made clear they're pursuing a go-it-alone strategy on taxes that has shut Democrats out of the negotiations.