North Dakota State Senator meets with President Trump on tax reform

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Jessica Unruh is bringing her thoughts on tax reform to the White House.

“It’s an opportunity that not very many people get," Unruh said.

The North Dakota State Senator had the chance to thank President Trump personally during a meeting with other families from across the country who believe they will benefit from the GOP tax plan.

"Just simply the reduction from 35% to 20% for the corporate tax rate will have a far reaching affect to all of our businesses," she added.

The senate passed their tax plan in the early morning hours Saturday. Members of Republican leadership said the reform will jump-start the countries’ economy. White House Legislative Director Marc Short, who supported the senate bill, said it has a significant impact on middle-class families, not only in North Dakota but across the US.

“So the senate bill for a family earning roughly $75,000 will receive over $2,000 dollars in tax relief. We think that middle-income families across the country will do very well under this plan,' Short said.

Short said there is a priority to get tax reform done soon. He still projects the Christmas deadline, as President Trump continually promises. But Democrats believe they still have time to stop it.

“What we really need to do is go back to the drawing board," Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said.

Democratic senators like Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenaw are pushing for a bipartisan solution to tax reform. They are encouraging their Republican colleagues to stop this process and start over with input from both sides of the aisle. Stabenow, who serves on the senate finance committee, said her voice hasn’t been included in the conversation since the beginning.

“Don’t care about the debt, they’re not focusing on the middle class families who are the folks that really need help and I think this is an example of how government should not be working," she said.

For now, the senate is on the path towards conferencing both the House and Senate versions of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the senate should vote to join the conference later this week.

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