Heitkamp's response to bipartisan dinner with President Trump

WASHINGTON (Valley News Live) U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp was among the senators invited to the White House to talk about tax reform on Tuesday.

The President has expressed working with both Democrats and Republicans to push forward the tax reform bill.

Heitkamp issued the following statement after she joined a dinner at the White House with President Trump and a bipartisan group of senators to discuss tax reform.

“Any chance to talk with the president about issues important to North Dakota is an opportunity I welcome,” said Heitkamp. “Tonight we had a good discussion and I reinforced that any tax reform bill must support working families and family farmers so they aren’t burdened with debt and it must stand up for retirees who want to live their remaining years with dignity while also simplifying the tax code and lowering compliance burdens. As North Dakota’s former tax commissioner, I understand how much these issues directly impact North Dakota families, farmers, and workers – which is why any tax reform plan must be done with their best interest in mind. We still need to see more details about what this tax reform plan entails, and I look forward to reviewing them. It’s encouraging that this meeting included Republican and Democratic senators, as I’ve long said I want to work with those on both sides of the aisle on a comprehensive, permanent tax reform plan that works for North Dakota workers and retirees and helps grow the economy, and I hope these bipartisan discussions continue.”