Policy

Trump to Tout Tax Overhaul in Missouri

Two main talking points focus on middle class

President Donald Trump arrives with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for the Republican Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol to discuss the tax reform bill on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump will “be a part of pushing this process forward” when he heads to St. Charles, Missouri, Wednesday to tout the tax overhaul package, two senior administration officials said Tuesday.

“Missouri is the kind of Midwestern, kind of heartland state that has suffered in recent decades because of our out of date tax system,” one official said.

 

The officials told reporters on a conference call to expect a message similar to Trump’s August speech in Springfield, Missouri.

One of the officials summed up Trump’s two main points: 1) “We are really really focused on bringing back Main Street,” and 2) “We don’t want the middle class to just be getting by. We want them to have an opportunity to get ahead.”

Republican members of the Missouri congressional delegation have been invited to fly to Missouri with Trump on Air Force One. An official said those lawmakers include GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, and Reps. Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long, and Jason Smith.

Trump will briefly mention Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in his speech. She announced her opposition to the GOP plan Tuesday.

“She has said that she supports tax cuts for small businesses and we think this bill, if that’s true, is an opportunity to do that,” the official said.

GOP Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is vying for the GOP nomination to take on McCaskill, will attend the event, one official said. 

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