- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — President Trump rallied support for his tax-cut plan Wednesday, saying he wants the Senate to hurry up and vote on the legislation.

“We are going to push historic tax cuts across the finish line,” Mr. Trump told a friendly crowd at a convention center. “With your help, we’re going to do it.”

The president said that the tax cuts would help unleash an economic revival that he said was already underway because of his policies. But he said Democrats “really want major tax increases,” and he took specific aim at Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who faces reelection next year in the state that Mr. Trump won handily in 2016.

“Sen. Claire McCaskill — have you ever heard of her? — is doing you a tremendous disservice,” Mr. Trump said as the crowd booed loudly. “She wants your taxes to go up, she’s weak on crime, she’s weak on borders, she’s weak on illegal immigration and she’s weak on the military. Other than that, I think she’s doing a fantastic job.”

He said of the Senate vote expended by week’s end, “Now comes the moment of truth. In the coming days, the American people will learn which politicians are part of the swamp, and which politicians want to drain the swamp. This isn’t good for the Republican Party, this is good for the country.”

He described the tax cut and tax reform legislation, which would reduce individual rates and slash corporate tax rates, as part of his “America First” agenda.

“America will win again like never ever before,” he said. “A vote to cut taxes is a vote to put America first again.”

Democrats have mounted lockstep opposition to the GOP legislation, saying it will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy and corporations.

Mr. Trump assured the crowd that he would pay more as a result of the closed loopholes.

“It’s going to cost me a fortune. Believe me,” he said. “I’ve got some very wealthy friends. They are not happy with me.”

Mr. Trump and GOP leaders insist the cuts target the middle class and that business tax cuts will grow the economy, create jobs and raise wages for workers.

The House passed its version of the bill earlier this month. The Senate is expected to vote this week.

Mr. Trump said the vote couldn’t come soon enough for him.

“The big day will be either tomorrow or the next day. I would say do it now,” said Mr. Trump, adding that he urged Senate Republicans to hurry up the vote when he met with them Tuesday at the Capitol.

“Can we do the vote now?” he said he asked them. “What do I know, I’m a business guy.”

Dave Boyer contributed to this story.

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