IN THE NEWS: Joe fights for Hoosiers during White House dinner, presses for tax reform to address outsourcing
INDIANAPOLIS - At dinner with the president last night, Joe pressed to make sure that any tax reform proposal would strengthen Indiana’s middle class and contain rules that crack down on outsourcing. Joe has long made clear that the interests of Hoosiers come before Washington politics. He’ll work with the president when it’s good for Indiana, and he’ll stand up to the Trump Administration when it’s pursuing policies that hurt Hoosiers.
Joe last night also talked again with the president about his proposal to address outsourcing. The proposal, which the President was supportive of last night and when the two met in February, would incentivize businesses to keep good-paying jobs in America and penalize companies that ship jobs to other countries.
WATCH: WISH-TV: Donnelly among senators who met with President Trump
From the Indy Star: Donnelly emerges from Trump dinner on tax reform to claim support for his own legislation
WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Donnelly came away from a dinner with President Trump Tuesday claiming support for legislation he’s pushing to encourage companies to keep jobs in the Unites States.
“I am pleased he remains supportive of my proposal,” the Indiana Democrat said in a statement.
Donnelly, two other Democrats up for re-election next year, and three Republican senators met with Trump to discuss a pending overhaul of the tax code.
A statement the White House put out Wednesday morning didn't detail what was discussed, but called the meeting "highly productive."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said before the dinner that the three Democrats had been invited because of “their willingness to want to sit down and have these conversations with the president.”
“I had another good conversation with President Trump about my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs,” Donnelly said in his statement Tuesday night. “I am hopeful we can work together to encourage domestic investments that benefit American workers.”
From WIBC: Donnelly Dines with Donald Trump
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was part of a bipartisan group of Senators who had a working dinner Tuesday night with President Donald Trump over tax reform.
After dinner, Donnelly released the following statement to Indy Politics, “I had another good conversation with President Trump about my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs. I am pleased he remains supportive of my proposal, and I believe that tax reform should include measures to support companies that invest in our workers and penalize companies that ship American jobs to foreign countries. I am hopeful we can work together to encourage domestic investments that benefit American workers.”
Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW told Indy Politics the move made perfect sense for the incumbent. “It makes sense that Joe Donnelly would agree to a meeting with President Trump for at least two reasons. First, Donnelly has been recognized as one of the most bipartisan senators in the US Senate at this time, and you don’t earn that reputation by refusing to meet with people from the other party,” Downs noted.
From the AP: Sen. Donnelly attends dinner at White House with bipartisan group of senators to talk tax reform
Underscoring the president’s desire for tax legislation, Trump was hosting a bipartisan group of senators for dinner at the White House on Tuesday, including a trio of moderate Democrats from states Trump won last November and whose votes he’d like to have on a tax bill.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana are to be joined at dinner by Republican Sens. John Thune of North Dakota, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Orrin Hatch of Utah, the White House said.
Sen. Donnelly issued this statement:
“I’ve talked with President Trump before about my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs. I believe tax reform is an appropriate avenue to determine ways we can reward companies that invest in our workers and penalize those shipping American jobs to other countries. I’m looking forward to talking to President Trump again about my ideas and ways we can work together on this issue.”
From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Donnelly to dine with Trump at White House
Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly is among six senators, including three centrist Democrats, who will have a working dinner Tuesday at the White House with President Donald Trump to discuss possible revisions to the income tax code.
Donnelly's office noted that he discussed the End Outsourcing Act, legislation he filed last winter, during a February meeting at the White House with Trump, who "signaled his support for the proposal."
The End Outsourcing Act would require federal contracting officials to consider whether a bidding company has outsourced domestic jobs; prohibit companies from taking tax breaks for shifting jobs or factories to other countries; reclaim public incentives from outsourcers; and create tax incentives for companies that relocate foreign jobs to rural and impoverished areas of the United States.