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Messer Mentions Alma Mater Greensburg In Pushing For Tax Bill Passage

Posted On December 05, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Washington) – Southeastern Indiana U.S. Congressman Luke Messer is pushing for final passage of the GOP tax cut plan.

The Republican told Fox News on Monday that the tax bill is a great opportunity and it needs to get done.

“In the end, what matters is we cut taxes for working Americans, we modernize this tax code and we keep this economy moving,” Messer said during the interview.

Members of the House and Senate are in conference this week to reconcile differences in the bills passed in both houses before a final bill can be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk. The president has asked Congress to get him a bill before Christmas.

Tax reform would be the first major legislative accomplishment for the President since his inauguration last January. Messer said lawmakers have a chance to deliver on one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises.

“The last time there was major tax reform, I was playing middle linebacker for the Greensburg Pirates, my high school football team,” Messer quipped.

Both versions of the bill would significantly lower the corporate tax rate, which stands at 35 percent. The version passed in the House includes Messer’s effort to eliminate tax credits for illegal immigrants.

Critics of the tax bill have concerns over projections that it would add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit over the next decade. Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly voted against the Senate bill on Saturday, saying that he has tried to work with Republicans on the plan.

“I agreed with President Trump’s stated goals of supporting the middle class and keeping jobs here in America…Here’s the bottom line: I opposed Mitch McConnell’s bill because it is not tax reform, it’s a partisan tax hike on Indiana’s middle class, it does nothing to prevent outsourcing of US jobs to foreign countries, and it’s a giveaway to Wall Street and other big money interests,” Donnelly said in a statement.