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Rokita and Donnelly react to Senate tax reform bill

As of early Saturday morning, the Senate passed its tax reform proposal. News 18 sat down with Congressman Todd Rokita who backs it. Senator Joe Donnelly also expressed his feelings about the bill.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 6:41 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 4:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As of early Saturday morning, the Senate passed its tax reform proposal. News 18 sat down with Congressman Todd Rokita who backs it.

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The House of Representatives version of the tax bill passed right before Thanksgiving break. Rokita believes the proposal will lower tax bills to many businesses and households.

Rokita said because the tax bill includes large cuts to corporate taxes it will help the economy.

He said he blames part of the delay in moving the tax reform forward on Senator Joe Donnelly. Rokita is now running for Donnelly's seat.

"Look, it took them until the beginning of December to even get a tax reform bill back to us," said Rokita. "It failed on the health care bill, there are big issues facing everyday Hoosiers. We need a Senate that's working and the house has done its work. And I am very proud to have been a part of it. But who is not working is Joe Donnelly."

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly voted against the tax bill.

Donnelly agreed that a tax reform is needed, but says he wants to work toward one that will benefit middle-class families.

In a statement released on Saturday, Donnelly said, “From the beginning I’ve been willing to partner with Republicans, with Democrats, with the president, with this Administration. 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.”

The two tax reform bills need to be combined into one condensed proposal before the president can sign it into law.

Watch Senator Donnelly's response below or click HERE.

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