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Vice President Mike Pence is in his home state of Indiana today to deliver a speech on the GOP’s plan to overhaul the federal tax code.
The vice president is expected to make remarks on the tax code and health care today at 3 p.m. ET. Watch his remarks in the player above.
The Trump administration’s focus on Indiana is in part a way to pressure Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly into supporting the Republican’s tax code plans. Donnelly, who is one of the few Senate Democrats who’s up for re-election in 2018, was invited to the White House last week to discuss tax reform. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia were also in attendance.
All three senators represent states that Trump handily won in the past election. They all also declined to signed a letter penned by Democrats that denounced GOP plans to revamp the tax code in three decades.
“It is an honor to welcome the Vice President back home to Indiana,” Donnelly said in a statement a day before Pence arrived. “As we discuss tax reform, I believe that any reform effort should include policies that will create new jobs, protect existing jobs, and benefit middle class and working families. That is what I’ve discussed with President Trump, and I’m pleased he has been supportive of my proposals to prevent the outsourcing of jobs,” he added.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.
Joshua Barajas is a senior editor for the PBS NewsHour's Communities Initiative. He also the senior editor and manager of newsletters.
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