Earlier this week, President Trump urged Missourians to oust Sen. Claire McCaskill if she doesn’t support a significant cut to corporate taxes. Trump made the suggestion during a campaign-style rally designed to promote his tax agenda.
Trump Tries to Quote Reagan
Trump also noted that Ronald Reagan did a “monumental thing” when he slashed the corporate tax rate in the mid-1980s. The president also argued that America needs to lower its corporate taxes since the rest of the world is doing it.
We must, we have no choice, we must lower our taxes. And your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you,
Trump told a large crowd of supporters.
He advised his audience to vote the senator out of office if she fails “make [a] commitment” to lowering the taxes. Trump thinks McCaskill could be considered another “obstructionist” if she failed to deliver that promise.
McCaskill Currently Seeking a Common Ground
McCaskill (D-MO), who is up for reelection next year, said she would like to find common ground with the White House on the controversial topic. She recently told the Washington Post that she is “optimistic” it could be reached with the President in that area.
The Democratic lawmaker underlined that she had talked about simplifying the tax code in a many of her town hall meetings. The Senator is especially interested in closing loopholes and the giveaways to special interests. She also agrees the corporate tax rate should be lower, but on one condition: empowering working families statewide.
On Wednesday, Trump advocated for lower corporate tax rates, a simplified tax code, and tax relief for middle-class families. He also wants to smooth penalties on U.S. companies that want to repatriate “the trillions of dollars […] parked overseas.”
However, he didn’t offer any significant details on his administration’s proposed tax code. In April, the tax plan was only one page long:
JUST IN: the White House tax plan one pager, passed out just now in briefing. pic.twitter.com/ycuCE6FZzc
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) April 26, 2017