Trump officials meet with transportation groups, lawmakers on tax reform

Trump officials meet with transportation groups, lawmakers on tax reform
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Trump administration officials met with transportation groups and congressional leaders to discuss tax reform Tuesday, as the White House works toward its goal of cutting taxes this year.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn held a listening session with leaders in the transportation sector, including representatives from Airlines for America, the American Association of Railroads, the American Trucking Association, UPS and FedEx.

The meeting is one of about a dozen listening sessions with business leaders that the White House plans to hold in the coming months on tax reform.

UPS spokesperson Kara Ross said that the company appreciated the administration "for bringing together stakeholders to discuss tax reform priorities."

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"The White House meeting was productive and UPS looks forward to working with both the Administration and Congress to modernize the corporate tax system," Ross said.

"UPS is committed to supporting policies that will spur economic growth for our business, customers and employees. Among the many opportunities to bolster American competitiveness, UPS supports comprehensive tax reform that gets to a globally competitive rate because it will stimulate investment and make the U.S. a more attractive place to do business.”

Later in the day, Mnuchin and Cohn met with congressional GOP leaders and the chairmen of the congressional tax-writing committees. This group has been meeting regularly in recent weeks, since the White House and Republicans in Congress want to agree on one tax bill.

Attendees gave few clues about what was discussed as they left the meeting Tuesday.

Mnuchin said the administration officials and lawmakers had a "very productive meeting on a lot of important issues."

When asked about the timeline for legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare as well as tax reform, Cohn responded, "We're on schedule."

President Trump also met with congressional leadership on Tuesday to discuss the legislative agenda. At the beginning of the meeting, the president said that if things go according to plan, Congress will pass "the biggest tax cut in our country's history."