Trump to Visit Missouri to Launch Tax Reform Push

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August 25, 2017

President Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to begin a campaign to pass tax reform, according to a new report.

A Trump administration official familiar with the plans told Bloomberg that the president will travel to Missouri's southwestern city of Springfield on Wednesday to launch his push to overhaul U.S. tax policy.

The trip is expected to be the first of several presidential stops around the country in the coming weeks. Missouri embraced Trump in last year's presidential election and is the site of an important Senate race in 2018, when Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) will be up for reelection.

Trump is not expected to announce his own plan or many specifics; rather, he wants the public campaign to muster support in the House and Senate to show a unified front.

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to seek support for a simpler tax code, including middle-class tax cuts, to push for more job creation.

Senate Democrats earlier this month called for bipartisan efforts to work on revamping the tax code.

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said Friday that tax reform is a top priority and lawmakers will work on crafting legislation in the coming weeks.

"At the end of the day, tax legislation has to happen in Congress and the House," Cohn told the Financial Times. "The Ways and Means Committee will be drafting legislation and we will be on the road and holding meetings in Washington and elsewhere explaining why it is so important to have tax reform in America."

Cohn added that he believes the legislation can be written and pass both houses of Congress by the end of the year.

"They have been holding hearings for years," he said. "It's not like they are just starting the process now."