Ivanka Trump took her father’s tax proposal directly to the people on Monday.
The White House official spoke glowingly of the proposal town hall this afternoon in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at a senior center, spending extra time on the plan’s benefits for working families, including an expansion of the child tax credit.
‘Is there anything more invigorating than getting out of Washington?’ the New York native said as she left the stage, charming the crowd.
Ivanka Trump took her father’s tax proposal directly to the people on Monday. The White House official spoke glowingly of the proposal at a tax reform event this afternoon in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at a senior center
Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner moved to Washington earlier this year to help her father, President Donald Trump, get his agenda off the ground. They serve as senior advisors to the president, a role that comes with no pay so the positions do not qualify legally as nepotism.
The president’s daughter told attendees of the Monday event that tax reform is both ‘critical’ and ‘long overdue’ as she spoke on a panel with U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza.
She said the administration also believes the child tax credit expansion that she’s helping to champion is also ‘critically important’ and will ‘help offer American families much needed relief.’
‘It’s been many decades since the last time the code was looked at and the realities of the modern working, and modern working family have changed dramatically since then,’ she said. ‘So on a basic level, this is a bipartisan discussion. People, Americans, want tax reform. They want simplicity, it’s too complicated.’
Ivanka also pushed her father’s proposal to slash the corporate tax rate, reducing it to 20 percent from 35 percent, saying it will ‘ensure that this country is competitive.’
U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, center talks as former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, left, and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, right, listens during a town hall meeting on Tax Reform at the Northampton Township Senior Center in Richboro, Pennsylvania on Monday
America has the greatest skills and spirit of any country in the world, Ivanka told the audience during a panel that was moderated by Nan Hayworth, a former Republican Member of Congress who hails from her home state.
‘But we need to be able to compete in an increasing;y global world, and we can’t do that if our corporate tax rates are some the highest, and the highest, in the developed world,’ Trump said. ‘So that is a major disadvantage to our American businesses, and on many levels is something that we all need to be considering if we want to maintain and regain our competitiveness in the global marketplace.’
Turning her focus to the modern American family, Trump asserted, ‘The cost of raising children has gone up dramatically, yet over the last couple decades wages have largely stagnated.
‘So the cost of raising a family, the cost of raising children, has really increased today dramatically,’ she said. ‘So we’re advocating strongly for the expansion of the child tax credit, we think it is critically important to help offer American families much needed relief and to prioritize what’s right for their families.’
And for families with one or more parents working outside of the home, Trump said the cost of child care,’ in parts of this country is the single largest expense.’
‘So the child tax credit is very important,’ she said. ‘Making it refundable is very important to ensure that it is refunded against payroll taxes and benefits more people.’
‘Is there anything more invigorating than getting out of Washington?’ the New York native asked as she was leaving the event
‘Doubling the standard deduction, for families, will have a profound impact, and ensure that many more people are not playing taxes and are dropped down to that zero rate, which is advantageous for for, lowering taxes, obviously, for the middle class,’ she added.
President Trump’s tax proposal, which was carefully negotiated with leading Republicans in Congress before it was unveiled at the end of September, has yet to be written into actual legislation.
First, Republicans had to force through a budget that they can use as a platform to rewrite the tax code in spite of Democratic opposition.
Having nearly passed that legislative hurdle, GOP legislators will be able to propose new tax rules through a process known as reconciliation that requires a bare majority of support in the Senate instead of the 60 votes it normally takes to move items.
Lawmakers must now decide which parts of Trump’s plan to revise or get rid of altogether before a self-imposed deadline – December.
The administration has faced complaints that its tax proposal does not do enough to help the middle class, even though Trump’s chief economic advisor has claimed that the average family will most likely have an additional $4,000 to spend.
That analysis is based on the proposed doubling of the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married couples and Ivanka’s coveted child tax credit expansion.
Promoting both on Monday she said, ‘There are many elements of this tax plan that I think are squarely targeted at creating jobs in this country, creating growth in this country, and offering relief to our middle-income families.’
Trump also talked about her push to give young girls early exposure, to computer technology and engineering programs.
She said the platform is foundational ‘and a priority’ of the administration.