Ivanka the deal maker: First daughter is hailed for crucial role in getting Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package passed

Thursday, December 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

The president’s daughter is raking in acclaim from Republican lawmakers who say her lobbying was critical to the approval of the GOP’s tax cut package
Sens. Bob Corker, Tim Scott and Marco Rubio have hailed her in recent days
Corker said Thursday that Ivanka ‘deserves a lot of credit’ for the tax cuts
Ivanka said it was a ‘team’ effort but admitted: ‘I spent a lot of time on behalf of the administration’
White House is promoting tax slash as America’s Christmas present; businesses immediately piled on with more good news
AT&T will pay $1K bonuses as soon as President Trump signs tax cut bill into law and promised to invest and extra $1 billion in America next year
Boeing aannounced a plan to spend an additional $300 million on its employees and charities, also tied to the tax plan
A Cincinnati bank said it will bonus 13,500 employees $1,000 each and raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour because its tax rate will soon plummet
Wells Fargo is matching that $15 minimum wage and giving $400 million to charities

21 December 2017

The president’s daughter is raking in acclaim from Republican lawmakers who say her lobbying was critical to the approval of the GOP’s tax cut package.

Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday on Fox & Friends that Ivanka Trump ‘deserves a lot of credit’ for the legislation’s passage.

And Sen. Tim Scott name-checked her Wednesday during the White House celebration that followed final approval of the bill that doubles the child tax credit.

Appearing on Fox & Friends this morning after Corker, Ivanka said it was a ‘team’ effort.

‘I spent a lot of time on behalf of the administration and with members of the administration, Gary Cohn, Secretary Mnuchin, our whole team at [Office of Legislative Affairs] on the Hill and talking to different senators,’ she said. ‘I spent a lot of time with Sen. Corker as well and he had real integrity around this process.’

Scott, Rubio and other lawmakers had taken turns hailing the president’s daughter at an Oct. 25 event on Capitol Hill to promote the child tax credit.

Rubio credited her by name for his yes vote in a tweet last week, too.

At the White House on Wednesday, Scott said, ‘Because of folks like Marco Rubio and Ivanka — when you think about the folks with kids in the household — this plan doubles the child tax credit and makes about 70 percent of it refundable. This is a plan that we can be proud of because it speaks to the hearts of everyday Americans.’

Unprompted, Corker, a nay-turned-yea, also said this morning on Fox & Friends, ‘I know Ivanka’s coming on, she played a big role in all that has happened relative to tax reform, and she deserves a lot of credit for what has happened.’

Trump returned the compliment this morning in an interview that followed. She also applauded Sen. Scott as ‘incredible.’

‘Really it was very nice to work as a collective towards a unified nation,’ she said.

In a last-minute snag, Rubio nearly held up the bill because it did not bring the child tax credit up to the level that he had advocated for.

An agreement to raise the credit to $2,000 and make $1,400 of it refundable, so that low-income families can receive money from the government for childcare, brought the Florida Republican on board.

‘The increased Child Tax Credit, along with the strong pro-growth, pro-American jobs provisions already contained in the legislation, makes me an enthusiastic YES vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’ he tweeted. ‘Thank you to @MikeLeeforUtah, @votetimscott and @IvankaTrump for their leadership.’

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