Trump to push tax overhaul in Missouri next week

2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago Friday, August 25 2017 Aug 25, 2017 Friday, August 25, 2017 9:13:00 AM CDT August 25, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to make a public push to overhaul the nation's tax system next week in Springfield, Missouri.

The White House says the president will be making the stop in southwest Missouri on Wednesday to begin selling his administration's calls to change the tax system. Administration officials have said Trump plans to hold events around the country in the coming weeks to promote the tax overhaul.

The White House has expressed hope that the changes can be approved in Congress by the end of the year and will be working with the leaders of congressional tax-writing committees after the Labor Day holiday.

Administration officials have said that lowering personal and business tax rates will lead to millions of new jobs and spur faster economic growth.

Sen. Roy Blunt released a statement Friday welcoming Trump. It read, “I’m glad that President Trump will be in my hometown of Springfield to highlight the economic benefits that tax reductions and other pro-growth policies will have for Missouri families, farmers, and small businesses.

“The president and the Senate have taken important steps to roll back burdensome regulations and create a stronger foundation for economic growth. I look forward to continuing that effort by pursuing changes in our tax code that will increase U.S. competitiveness, boost wages, and expand opportunity for Americans.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber also released a statement: 

“Trump’s staff may have finally gotten him away from his luxury golf resorts under the guise of talking taxes, but anything less than a pledge to not cut Medicaid and social security or a full condemnation of neo-Nazis will do nothing to reverse his disastrous Presidency.”

[Editor's note: This story was updated to add two statements.]

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