VP Pence Pushes Democrat Donnelly To Back Tax Cuts

Posted On September 25, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Anderson, Ind.) – Vice President Mike Pence is counting on Senate Republicans to pass the latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, and for Congress to pass sweeping tax reform in the next year.

Indiana’s former governor told an audience in Anderson on Friday that passing the Graham-Cassidy bill will allow Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to continue the Healthy Indiana Plan.

“Not with mandates and more taxes, but with personal responsibility and innovative care for our most vulnerable. Thanks to Governor Holcomb’s continued leadership, today the Healthy Indiana Plan covers more than 400,000 Hoosiers with Medicaid coverage that gives them greater ownership over their own healthcare choices,” Pence told the audience.

Passage of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill faces an uphill battle after Senator John McCain announced he won’t support it.

Also in need of support on Capitol Hill is the Trump Administration’s tax plan, which the VP claims would help overburdened Indiana families.. Pence pressed Indiana Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly to support the tax cuts.

“Hard working Hoosiers need this tax cut. So Joe, let’s decide today. We’re going to get this tax cut done and we’re going to get it done together,” said Pence.

Donnelly issued a statement following Friday’s event.

Southeastern Indiana U.S. Congressman Luke Messer is backing President Trump’s plan to cut taxes. He joined Pence at the Anderson rally.

“Hoosiers deserve a tax cut. President Trump’s tax cut plan will help grow the economy, create jobs and increase wages for hardworking Hoosiers,” Messer said in a statement afterwards. “Vice President Pence gets it. Hoosiers know how to use their money far better than the government, and it’s time we let folks keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. I want to thank the Vice President for returning to Indiana today to urge support for the President’s tax cuts, and I look forward to working closely with him as we deliver much-needed tax relief to Hoosiers.”

Messer is one of a number of GOP candidates running to unseat Donnelly in the 2018 election.