Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue on Wednesday, alongside fellow Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dean Heller (R-NV), held a press conference in Washington D.C. promoting the GOP’s tax plan, which is currently being debated in the upper house.
Tax reform has long been one of Perdue’s foremost priorities, as the former Dollar General CEO first ran on a campaign of lowering taxes alongside the country’s debt. As one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal allies Perdue has often been called on to speak up in defense of his legislative agenda, which he did with vigor this week.
Relief for the middle class is a priority for Republicans, a point that Perdue spoke of in detail at the presser.
“On the individual side, there’s been a lot of talk that the rich are getting all the benefits. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A family of four, making the median income of $71,000 a year, is going to get a 60% tax cut with this plan. A single parent with one child, making $41,000 a year, is going to get a 75% tax cut.”
The state’s junior senator also spoke on the need to get a deal done, certainly a key for Republicans as they watched their push to repeal and replace Obamacare flame out earlier this year. “I’m one of those business guys who needed that certainty to make capital investment decisions over a longer period of time. I would prefer not to have a trigger, but this is about getting a deal done and getting a tax package for the American people, which they expect. I come from a world where you really don’t ever get 100% of what you want. I don’t want to see this bill destroyed because of pursuit for perfection. We’ve seen that before in Washington.”
See Perdue’s full remarks below.