It was the turn of Pennsylvania's public to witness the President's speech, in which the upcoming tax reform plan featured majorly. The Trump administration has failed to usher in a tax reform plan that would re-haul the age-old system, as the president claimed, and this has been a challenge that the President has made many attempts to overcome. However, success has always remained elusive for the Republicans who have, until now, failed to come up with a proposal that garnered enough support to stand on its own.
Hoping to get the support of Dem. Senators
The President was giving his speech in an airport hangar here in Pennsylvania and it was on this occasion that he pushed the tax reform plan. Speaking to an audience comprised mainly of truckers, the President stated that his new tax plan would put more cash in their hands. He linked the rate slashes to more money being available to them for spending. It appears that the President is trying to drum up support for this tax reform from the public so that pressure will come to bear upon state-level politicians to support the reform proposal. In Pennsylvania's case, he is aiming to get the Democratic senators' support for the reform. Interestingly, it is believed that the critical Senate voting that is due to come up next week may end with disappointment yet again for the Republicans if they count on their fragile majority.
Trump describes plan as pro-growth, pro-jobs
Talking about the tax plan, the President further described it as a pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-worker plan and made it clear that he will leave no stone unturned to get maximum Republican support and also some Democratic votes. He promised the crowd that they would have 'so much money' to spend. However, in sharp contrast to Trump's hopes of converting him into a supporter, Senator Casey called the plan a 'massive tax getaway' that helps rich Americans grow richer at the cost of their poorer counterparts. He said that the government should put the plan aside and give attention to improving wages and increasing jobs.
The visit to Pennsylvania and the subsequent speech made it clear that the Republicans are well aware of the complications that lie ahead in the battle to get their tax reform proposal approved. There is little hope that the budget measure that is needed to push through this plan will be approved and the President's bid to garner support is indicative of this concern.