Dem senator: Trump's focus on American workers in tax reform 'encouraging'

Dem senator: Trump's focus on American workers in tax reform 'encouraging'
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Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration MORE (D-N.D.) on Wednesday called President Trump's rhetoric on tax reform "encouraging" and said she was committed to working with the GOP on a tax overhaul, just hours after Trump pulled her on stage during a speech in her state.

Trump pitched his plan to reform the nation's tax code on Wednesday, praising Heitkamp. Later in the day, she praised Trump, but warned, "The devil is in the details."

“Today President Trump spoke about his priorities for tax reform, and it’s encouraging he committed to promoting American workers as key to any tax reform policy," she said in a statement. "But, as North Dakota’s former Tax Commissioner, I know the devil is in the details of any reform plan as tax codes are complex, and we need to know what those details are."

"I’ve long said that I’m open to working with Republicans and Democrats on comprehensive, permanent tax reform that promotes North Dakotans during their working years as well as protects their dignity in their retirement, and I intend to keep working with both sides of the aisle to see if we can come up with a tax reform plan that works for North Dakota workers and retirees.”


Heitkamp's presence at the event was touted by the White House as a signal of bipartisan support for the president's tax overhaul. The North Dakota Democrat, however, has not endorsed Trump's proposal. 

Still, Heitkamp's appearance alongside Trump appeared to be an amicable one, with the president even complimenting the senator as "a good woman."