NewsPublic Affairs / September 22, 2017

Pence Offers Few Details On Tax Reform During Visit To Anderson

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Vice President Mike Pence visited Anderson on Sept. 22, promoting federal tax reform.  - Stephanie Wiechmann/IPR

Vice President Mike Pence visited Anderson on Sept. 22, promoting federal tax reform.

Stephanie Wiechmann/IPR

Vice President Mike Pence returned to Indiana Friday to call for federal tax reform. And, as expected, Pence asked all of Indiana’s Congressional delegation – including Democrat, Sen. Joe Donnelly – to support the efforts.

Pence gave no details about specific ways to reform the federal tax code at an appearance in Anderson. He says taxes would be lower for working families, small businesses and family farms – a line Hoosiers will remember from his term as governor. Pence says President Donald Trump will sign a tax cut by the end of the year, with one goal in mind.

“We’ll simplify the tax codes so that working Americans can file their own taxes on one sheet of paper,” Pence says.

He also called on Donnelly to support the reform.

“President Trump has called on all the members of Congress in good faith to put partisan posturing behind us and come together as Americans to create a 21st century tax code our people deserve,” Pence says. “And so I’m here in Indiana today, on the president’s behalf, to say to all of you: we need your help. And Sen. Donnelly, we need your help too.”

Donnelly did not answer questions after the speech.

In an email statement, he said tax reform should benefit middle class and working families. Donnelly said he hopes the tax code reform effort is a bipartisan process, but pointed out that Trump’s administration has not yet released the details of their plan.

According to city officials, Pence’s visit to Anderson was the first by a president or vice president since 1952.  That’s when President Harry Truman spoke from the back of a rail car for five minutes, urging voters to support that year’s Democratic presidential candidate – Adlai Stevenson.

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