Trump turns back to tax over­haul

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WASHINGTON — After days dom­i­nated by fric­tion with his sec­re­tary of state and a Repub­li­can se­na­tor, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is try­ing to re­fo­cus on his top leg­isla­tive pri­or­ity, trav­el­ing to Penn­syl­va­nia to pitch his tax over­haul as a boon for truck­ers.

Trump speech in Har­ris­burg was to be set against a back­drop of big rigs, with lots of truck­ers in at­ten­dance, ac­cord­ing to the White House. The pres­i­dent has been trav­el­ing the coun­try to pro­mote a plan that would dra­mat­i­cally cut cor­po­rate tax rates from 35 per­cent to 20 per­cent, re­duce the num­ber of per­sonal in­come tax brack­ets and boost the stan­dard de­duc­tion.

At his lat­est stop, Trump planned to ar­gue that his tax re­form frame­work would ben­e­fit truck­ers by low­er­ing their tax rates, boost­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, and mak­ing it eas­ier for fam­i­lies to pass their truck­ing busi­nesses on to their chil­dren.

“When your trucks are mov­ing, Amer­ica is grow­ing. That is why my ad­min­is­tra­tion is tak­ing his­toric steps to re­move the bar­ri­ers that slow you down,” Trump said in pre­pared ex­cerpts re­leased by the White House. “Amer­ica first means putting Amer­i­can truck­ers first.”

Trump is div­ing back into the tax fight after weeks in which his at­ten­tion has shifted to rapidly emerg­ing crises — in­clud­ing the mas shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas and the hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery ef­fort in Puerto Rico — as well as dra­mas of his own mak­ing, such as his es­ca­lat­ing feud with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and pub­lic ten­sion with Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son.

Taxes are the chief leg­isla­tive pri­or­ity for Repub­li­cans hun­gry for a ma­jor leg­isla­tive achieve­ment. With the 2018 cam­paign year loom­ing, GOP law­mak­ers want some­thing to show for their time as the ma­jor­ity party, and tax leg­is­la­tion re­mains their best hope.

Trump has left it up to Con­gress to fill in many specifics of his plan, which omits de­tails such as the in­come lev­els for his new tax brack­ets.

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