- The Washington Times - Monday, November 27, 2017

President Trump will stump for the Republican tax cut plan this week in Missouri, the White House announced Monday, as he begins a concerted push to get the legislation across the finish line by the end of the year.

Mr. Trump will travel Wednesday to St. Charles to deliver an address to the nation on what he has describes as the urgent need for tax cuts and reforms, according to the White House.

The location also puts pressure on Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, who faces a tough re-election run next year in a state that Mr. Trump handily won in 2016.

The address to the nation is part of a series of moves by Mr. Trump to help get the tax bill approved by the Senate this week.

“The president is looking toward to the Senate bringing us another step closer to delivering a big, beautiful Christmas present to the American people in the form of massive tax relief,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Echoing the message Mr. Trump is expected to deliver in Missouri, she said the tax cuts would only enhance the economic upswing since the president took office. She noted that unemployment is at a 17-year low, wages are starting to rise and the stock market has hit all-time highs since the election.

“Optimism is through the roof,” Ms. Sanders said. “Just imagine what is going to possible when this plan passes. I think it will be a great lead in to the Christmas season and something we all can be excited about.”

The GOP legislation cuts individual and business tax rates, which the president promises will boost the economy, create jobs and raise wages for workers.

Democratic critics of the GOP plan say that it gives too many benefits to the wealthy and corporations, and will raise the taxes of some middle class families.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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