Senate Democrats must ignore the left-wing of their party that opposes everything President Donald Trump does and join Republicans in a bipartisan effort to reform America's cumbersome tax system, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.
The Kentucky Republican reminded Senate Democrats that tax reform has "traditionally been bipartisan," but Trump's election changed that.
"Here in the Senate, the need for tax reform is loudly supported by Democrats — or at least it was, until the last election," McConnell wrote in an article for THINK, the NBC News opinion section.
"Now, Democrats are under pressure from the left to oppose just about everything President Donald Trump touches — even ideas they themselves used to promote. This has sent Democrats scrambling for nearly any kind of excuse to oppose a tax-reform effort that fights corporate offshoring, eliminates loopholes for the wealthy and cuts middle-class taxes."
McConnell, whom Trump has blamed for the Senate's failure to repeal Obamacare, strongly endorsed a plan supported by the White House. In August, Trump told McConnell to "get back to work" and pass a tax plan.
McConnell's appeal to Democrats was over portions of the plan that he says would lower taxes on the middle class, simplify the tax code and give companies an incentive to hire more employees.
In an attempt to build public support for the plan, he told Americans:
"Here's what we want to do about it: Take more money out of Washington's pocket and put more in yours."
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