Trump Kicks Off Tax Reform Pitch

President Trump is set to kick off his sales pitch on tax reform Wednesday with a speech in Missouri as he seeks to rally the public behind one of his top legislative priorities.

The speech, held at a manufacturing company in Springfield, Mo., is expected to be the first in a series of tax-reform events for Trump. It comes at a critical time for the president’s legislative agenda, which counts tax reform as one of its key elements.

The White House said that the address is not expected to delve into policy details, including specific tax rates. Instead, Trump is expected to make the case for why he believes changes to the tax code are needed to give people a better chance of achieving the American Dream.

Trump is still seeking his first major legislative win, while the GOP continues to reel from the Senate being unable to pass legislation repealing ObamaCare in July. Lawmakers only have a few months to pass tax-reform legislation before they will feel a need to shift their focus to campaigning for reelection.

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said that in order to get tax-reform legislation through Congress, Trump will have to do one of the best sales jobs of his life.

“He’s really going to have to sell this bill like he’s selling a New York skyscraper,” O’Connell said.

The details of tax legislation are expected to be determined by the congressional tax-writing committees rather than the White House.

Read more from Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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