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US lawmakers' tax cut talks 'highly productive'

Business | Sep 13, 2017 20:33
The White House says President Donald Trump’s dinner with Republican and Democratic senators to talk taxes was "highly productive” and will "spur constructive discussion.”
Trump met Tuesday with Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, as well as Republican senators John Thune of North Dakota, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Orrin Hatch, of Utah. (Pictured, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for the talks)
In a statement today, the White House says Trump asked them to "help deliver tax cuts for American families.”
Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly are the only Democratic senators who did not sign a letter addressed to Republican leaders and Trump. The letter said the Democratic caucus would not support a tax overhaul that cuts taxes for the "top 1 percent” or adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt.
Trump pushed lawmakers to "move fast” on a tax overhaul.
On Twitter today, Trump says: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!”
White House legislative director Marc Short said Tuesday that principles for the tax overhaul will be released "in a matter of days, not weeks.”-AP


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