Ryan pushes GOP tax plan to lo­cal work­ers

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis­con­sin came to Delaware County Thursday to tout a $5 tril­lion tax-cut­ting plan re­leased by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his fel­low con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans.

Ryan took ques­tions from work­ers dur­ing a town hall meet­ing at Penn­syl­va­nia Ma­chine Works, a pipe-fit­ting man­u­fac­turer in As­ton. The Speak­ers told the group that the GOP tax plan would help them fend off off-shore com­pe­ti­tion. Ryan said the over­seas com­pe­ti­tion are taxed at a much lower rate.

He was joined at the firm by U.S. Rep. Pat Mee­han, R-7.

Ryan took ques­tions about the plan, al­though the sweep­ing at this points it omits, con­tro­ver­sial de­tails that could take months to work out in the GOP-con­trolled Congress and are nec­es­sary to de­ter­mine whether a fam­ily would see a tax cut or a tax in­crease.

Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Party of Penn­syl­va­nia Chair­man Val DiGior­gio is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment on Pres­i­dent Trump’s tax re­form plan:

“Pres­i­dent Trump and Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans are putting for­ward a tax re­form plan that will pro­vide much needed re­lief for Penn­syl­va­ni­ans. This pro-growth plan is fo­cused on putting the mid­dle-class first, cut­ting taxes,

and in­creas­ing take-home pay, while sim­pli­fy­ing the tax code. Just like Pres­i­dent Trump, an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans be­lieve our tax code is bro­ken and needs to be re­vamped.

“Sen­a­tor Bob Casey’s ob­struc­tion­ism must end. Bob Casey must come to the ta­ble to work with his Repub­li­can

col­leagues to make our tax code work for mid­dle class tax­pay­ers. I urge him to sup­port this plan and put Penn­syl­va­ni­ans be­fore pol­i­tics.”

Trump says his plan will ben­e­fit the mid­dle class, not mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires. But Democrats con­demned it, say­ing it would re­sult in a wind­fall for the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans and pro­vide lit­tle to mid­dle­class tax­pay­ers.

“This is a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion

op­por­tu­nity, and I guess it’s prob­a­bly some­thing I could say that I’m very good at,” Trump said dur­ing re­marks in In­di­ana. “I’ve been wait­ing for this for a long time. We’re go­ing to cut taxes for the mid­dle class, make the tax code sim­pler and more fair for ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans. And we are go­ing to bring back the jobs and wealth that have left our coun­try and most peo­ple thought left our coun­try for good.”

Trump in re­cent weeks has sought to crank up pub­lic pres­sure on the need for sweep­ing tax re­form. In Indianapolis, he of­fered spe­cific num­bers to back up his calls for the big­gest changes to the tax code in decades.

The Pres­i­dent said his tax cut pro­posal wouldn’t help the coun­try’s wealth­i­est tax­pay­ers -- in­clud­ing him­self -- but sug­gested it would bol­ster his legacy in­stead.

RICK KAUFFMAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presses the flesh with work­ers at Penn Ma­chine Works in As­ton on Thursday.

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