President Donald Trump is touting his tax reform plan as “pro-worker and pro-American” in a Labor Day commentary, urging Congress to “unite in the name of common sense” on the issue.
In an op-ed piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the president outlined the benefits to “dramatically reduce income taxes for American workers and families.”
“It will nearly double the standard deduction to help families get ahead,” he wrote of his plan. “It will make our complex tax code more simple and fair. It will put money back into the pockets of the people who earned it. And it will bring back American jobs by making our businesses competitive once again.”
According to the newspaper, a White House spokesman said the president picked the Journal Sentinel for his commentary because Wisconsin is “the heartland of America” and that “local and regional media tend to spend more time discussing the issues that are of greater concern to American families such as jobs and taxes.”
Wisconsin was one of the states critical to Trump’s Electoral College victory last fall.
“Earlier this year, I traveled to Wisconsin to sign the Buy American and Hire American executive order,” Trump wrote, referring to his April 18 visit to Kenosha, Wis. “With that action, we sent a powerful signal to the world that we are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and put America first,” he wrote.
“I want to work with Congress on a plan that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker and pro-American,” he wrote.
He also refuted critics like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York for wanting to lower taxes mostly for the rich by drastically cutting the corporate tax rate.
“It’s time for Congress to provide a level playing field for our workers, to bring American companies back home, to attract new companies and businesses to our country, and to put more money into the pockets of everyday hardworking people,” he wrote.
The president kicked off a push for tax reform last week in speech in Missouri, but the precise details were left for Congress.
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