Trump says he will propose new tax cuts prior to November

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US President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, on May 22, 2018.
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, on May 22, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday (May 22) he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to retain their control of the US Congress in midterm elections.

Trump said he would meet Republican Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, about the proposal. He did not give any details.

"We're going to be submitting additional tax cuts sometime prior to November," Trump said in a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.

Trump signed a US$1.5 trillion (S$2 trillion) tax cut in December, the signature legislative achievement of his presidency.

The economy has been a bright spot for Republicans as they face voters in November, with unemployment dropping to a near 17½-year low.

All members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for re-election.

Democrats must wrest 23 seats nationwide from Republicans to take over the 435-member House. In the Senate, Republicans control the chamber 51 to 49.