WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump will visit Bucks County on Monday to press for President Trump's tax-cutting plan, the White House's top legislative priority.
The afternoon town hall event in Richboro will give the president's daughter a platform in a moderate part of the state, a major media market where conservative groups have run ads trying to build support for the tax plan now pending in Congress.
The county is represented by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a first-term Republican who has at times defied GOP leaders, including on Trump's push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Several other Republicans in the Philadelphia area have also raised questions about the tax plan's call to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, a benefit that helps many in the city's suburbs.
The president himself visited the Harrisburg area earlier on Oct. 11 to also push his proposal, emphasizing then the benefit he says it will offer the middle class — a point sharply disputed by Democrats, who say the proposal favors the wealthy.
White House officials said that Ivanka Trump will argue that the tax proposal will benefit middle-class families. She is to be joined by U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza and former U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York.
Ivanka Trump, like her father, has ties to the area, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. She is often called on to present a softer side of the president's vision.