Ryan pushes GOP tax plan to local workers
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.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presses the flesh with workers at Penn Machine Works in Aston on Thursday.