Pence to push tax reform in Indiana with Democrat Donnelly in tow

Pence to push tax reform in Indiana with Democrat Donnelly in tow
Donnelly, who is up for reelection in 2018, is considered a vulnerable Democrat in a state that Donald Trump won by 19 points, and where Pence served as governor. In August, the Cook Political Report moved the race from “lean Democrat” to its “tossup” category.
The trip is the latest in the Trump administration's efforts to court vulnerable Democrats to back its tax efforts.
Donnelly will be the lone Democrat in the delegation, which will include Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksFarenthold says he won't repay K sexual harassment settlement House Ethics calls on Farenthold to pay back K taxpayer-funded harassment settlement Ethics Committee to expand campaign finance investigation of Tennessee Republican MORE, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, who is running in the primary to challenge Donnelly.
If Republicans can hold their ranks together, however, they will not need Democratic support for tax reform. They plan on using a budgetary measure called reconciliation to sidestep a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, which would require 60 votes to break.
Conservative group Americans for Prosperity, which has said that tax reform is its top priority, promised to turn the heat up on Donnelly over his position on tax reform.
“We’re willing and able and ready to activate our grassroots in a significant way to hold Senator Donnelly accountable,” said Justin Stevens, the group’s Indiana state director.