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Posted August 31, 2017

Following a whirlwind tax tour by chief Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump will take the baton as he visits Springfield, Missouri on Wednesday to begin his leg of the race to complete one of his key campaign promises before year's end.

Administration officials say the president will focus on explaining the need for tax reform, but not the specifics of a plan to do so, during a speech Wednesday in the city of Springfield. "Your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you, and if she doesn't do it for you, you have to vote her out of office".

The form of these middle-class tax cuts has changed over time.

The president pressured McCaskill on Twitter and during his speech to get on board with his reform plans. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told the Financial Times that the Ways and Means Committee would write the tax legislation "in the next three or four weeks".

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"We will endure and we will overcome", he said, praising first responders who "saved countless lives".

Administration officials have said Trump plans to hold events around the country in the coming weeks to promote the tax overhaul. "The middle class thrived, and median family income increased". He also wants to get rid of deductions and loopholes that benefit big corporations and the super wealthy, accordion to officials.

Still, Trump is expected to play a much more public role in driving support for tax reform, taking to the road more frequently to hammer the benefits of tax reform than he did during Republicans' failed effort to repeal Obamacare. He called this a "once in a generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform for every day hard working Americans".

The sharp criticism from Democrats is an early indication that, despite Trump's entreaties for support from both parties, his version of tax reform remains highly partisan - and faces a tough road through an exceedingly polarized Congress.

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Trump also took a few stabs at the hard argument that cutting corporate rates would lead to job creation and benefits for people other than just the very rich.

While the broad, sweeping principles upon which tax reform will be based have been set by the White House and Republican leadership, the details have yet to be fine-tuned.

In terms of policy, though, there are signs that the Trump White House is continuing to defer to Republicans in Congress.

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