Dem senator to appear with Trump at tax reform rally

Dem senator to appear with Trump at tax reform rally
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Indiana Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains Polling analyst: Same Dems who voted for Gorsuch will vote for Kavanaugh Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes MORE (D) says he will make a joint appearance with President Trump at the president's tax-reform rally in the state on Wednesday.

In a press release, Donnelly said he was committed to working with Trump to fight the outsourcing of jobs and to seek bipartisan tax reform.

"I’m pleased the President has been supportive of my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs, and I am hopeful that any tax reform proposal includes measures that support American workers as well as the middle class and encourage domestic investments," Donnelly said.

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Donnelly, a vulnerable Democrat up for reelection in 2018 in a state Trump won by 19 points last year, argued that tax reform could be the first major issue under the Trump administration where Democrats and Republicans could find common ground.

“It’s an honor to welcome President Trump to Indiana, and I hope he has an opportunity to hear directly from Hoosiers on an issue that impacts not only our families but our economy," Donnelly said. "I believe tax reform should include policies that will benefit working and middle class families, create new jobs, and protect existing jobs."

Donnelly's appearance with Trump will come just a week after the Indiana senator appeared with Vice President Pence at another rally for tax reform.

Conservative groups have indicated that they intend to target Donnelly over tax reform.

“We’re willing and able and ready to activate our grass roots in a significant way to hold Senator Donnelly accountable,” Justin Stevens, Americans for Prosperity’s Indiana state director, said last week.

Donnelly's release Tuesday said Trump has "expressed his support" for the End Outsourcing Act, a bill Donnelly introduced with Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHistory argues for Democratic Senate gains On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions MORE (D-Ohio) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’ Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (D-N.Y.) earlier this year that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.

"Donnelly hopes there will be a bipartisan process to reform our tax code in a way that gives working and middle-class families greater economic security," the release concluded. "The Administration has not yet released a detailed legislative proposal on tax reform."