Trump pushes Congress to pass tax reform in speech

By Ray Downs  |  Updated Oct. 11, 2017 at 8:48 PM
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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday traveled to Harrisburg, Pa.,and touted the country's economic numbers as proof of his administration's success, but warned Congress that they "better" pass his tax reform plan to spur growth.

"The confidence in our country is back like it hasn't been in many, many years," Trump told a group of truckers and business leaders at the Harrisburg International Airport. "The fact is, America is finally back on the right track but our country and our economy cannot take off like they should" unless Congress passes tax reform.

"To all of our great congressmen, congresswomen ... all I can say, is, you better get it passed," he added.

Pushing for his tax reform, which Trump announced on Sept. 27, the president insisted it would benefit the middle class, despite independent analysis by the Tax Policy Center contending that the highest-income households would benefit the most.

"I've had rich friends of mine come up to me and say, "Donald you're doing this tax plan, we don't want anything, we don't,'" Trump said. "So many people have come up to me and said, 'Give it to the middle class, give it to the people that need it.'"

When he announced his plan last month, Trump said it would simplify the tax code "and bring back the jobs that have left our country."

"We want tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family and yes, tax reform that is pro-American," Trump said at the time.

The Pennsylvania visit was a quick one for the president and he will return to the White House Wednesday evening.

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