Liberal group targets ND senators on day of Trump tax speech

Aaron Brown
September 7, 2017

What can we expect from Trump's address?

The Andeavor facility in Mandan is the largest of two refineries that the company - until recently known as Tesoro - operates in the state.

"We are the highest taxed nation in the world - that will change", he added.

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.

"Both of the Reagan tax cuts were passed by a Democratic majority in the House, a Democratic speaker, and the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate, including a Democratic senator from the great state of North Dakota", Trump plans to say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks.

But independent analyses of tax plans Trump has released have found that they would largely benefit the wealthy. "Homeowners should not have to pay a higher share of taxes because of tax reform".

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During Trump's first tax speech last week in Missouri, the state's Democratic Sen. The state's Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill, did not attend that speech.

The White House has turned its focus to tax reform amid a packed legislative schedule on Capitol Hill, which must also reach an agreement to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling by the end of the month.

Heitkamp, up for re-election next year, traveled to the state with Trump aboard Air Force One as the president sought to frame the tax overhaul as a "once in a generation" opportunity to cut taxes and simplify the tax code.

White House officials have pointed to her presence as a sign of potential bipartisan support for tax reform.

According to Politico, congressional leaders, tax writers, and key administration officials met Tuesday in the Oval Office to talk about their progress - and where Trump again reiterated his goal of a 15 percent corporate tax rate.

The White House says Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will also be on the plane. The facility employs 250 people and is located about 10 miles west of Bismarck, North Dakota. So Heitkamp may see a political advantage in being friendly with Trump and open to his ideas, even if she does not ultimately vote to pass his agenda. Before the event, Trump outlined on Twitter why he thought an overhaul was necessary.

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