Scalise: Dems should support GOP tax proposal plan

Scalise: Dems should support GOP tax proposal plan
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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Sunday that Democrats should rally behind the Republican tax proposal plan because it would create jobs and economic growth instead of opposing it because they want to fund a large federal government. 

"You know Democrats should vote for this bill because it cuts taxes across-the-board. It helps rebuild the middle class," Scalise said on "Fox & Friends."

"Unfortunately, you see them opposing these tax cuts because really all they're for is for more taxes and growing the federal government, but it's crushed our economy. Let's go a different route, let’s actually create jobs," said Scalise.

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His remarks come after the House Ways and Means Committee passed a GOP tax overhaul bill out of committee last Thursday that he says will "cut taxes in every different income sector" and make the "country competitive" again.

"Look we've seen so many jobs tens of thousands of jobs leave America because we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. We're reducing all those taxes so that we can bring those jobs back and rebuild our middle class," he added. 

The Louisiana lawmaker said he is working with the conservative Freedom Caucus members and its chairman, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report MORE (R-N.C.), to win support for the legislation.

"We've been working really well with them," he said in part. "And most of the members of the Freedom Caucus that we talk to are really supportive of this bill as are most members of our conference. Obviously there's folks we will talk to this week that are not yet there are but are going to get there."

Scalise also acknowledged that there is some work still to be done in ironing out the differences between the House and Senate tax bills.

"They've got a few differences, but in the end I think what you're going to see is the House pass a bill. We're going to whip that bill Monday night so we'll know where all of our House Republicans are, and work to make sure that we bring everybody on board so that we could pass the bill hopefully by the end of the week and then let the Senate go do their job," he said.