Trump Urges Congress to 'Move Fast' on Tax Reform

Posted: Sep 13, 2017 9:15 AM

President Trump urged Congress to act quickly on tax reform, writing on Twitter that the process “will soon begin.” 

“The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin,” he wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Move fast Congress!”

Not long after he followed up, again stressing the urgency of the matter, especially in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!” he said.

On Tuesday, Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss tax reform. The vulnerable Democrats in attendance included Sens. Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and Heidi Heitkamp—all of whom are up for reelection in 2018.

Manchin released a statement about the dinner, saying he was “glad to join the President … to discuss how we can work together in a bipartisan manner on tax reform. We had a productive conversation about areas of agreement as well as areas where we will have to find compromise,” he wrote.

Heitkamp also spoke kindly about the meeting, saying it was a “good discussion.”

“It’s encouraging that this meeting included Republican and Democratic senators, as I’ve long said I want to work with those on both sides of the aisle on a comprehensive, permanent tax reform plan that works for North Dakota workers and retirees and helps grow the economy, and I hope these bipartisan discussions continue,” she said in a statement.

Donnelly said he was “pleased” Trump continues to be supportive of his proposal addressing the outsourcing of U.S. jobs. “I am hopeful we can work together to encourage domestic investments that benefit American workers,” he said.

Sens. John Thune, Pat Toomey, and Orrin Hatch were the Republicans at Tuesday’s dinner.

The president is reportedly planning a 13-state tour to promote his tax reform plan.

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