Ellison on GOP tax plan: 'This is the fight of a lifetime'

Ellison on GOP tax plan: 'This is the fight of a lifetime'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is gearing up for battle with Republicans as they begin to draft legislation based on President Trump's tax plan. 

"This is the fight of a lifetime," Ellison said Wednesday, referring to the fight over tax reform and budget cuts, at a Congressional Progressive Caucus press conference, adding that opponents of the bill "better buckle up and organize."  

Ellison, who is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, went on to warn that liberals alone could not win the fight against the plan, which he said would disproportionately benefit the wealthy. 

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His comments come after the more moderate Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats unveiled their own set of tax-reform principles. 

The centrist coalition shares common ground with Republicans, agreeing on issues such as the need for the tax overhaul to improve competition between businesses. However, the Blue Dogs share with more liberal Democrats that they would like to see more direct benefits to the middle class.

Trump and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP rep: Virginia defeat 'a referendum' on Trump administration After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Pence: Praying 'takes nothing away' from trying to figure out causes behind mass shooting MORE (R-Wis.) have both said they expect that the Republican bill will get some Democratic votes. 

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are scrambling to score a legislative victory in tax reform after the party failed to fulfill their campaign promise of repealing ObamaCare.