cloudy
Wednesday October 17th, 2018 5:40AM

Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland.

"Those towers are going to go up and you're going to have great, great broadband," Trump told the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

"Farm country is God's country," he declared.

Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to address the federation's convention, using the trip to Nashville as a backdrop for a White House report that included proposals to stimulate a segment of the national economy that has lagged behind others. His Southern swing also included a stop in Atlanta for the national college football championship game.

Joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and a group of Tennessee lawmakers, Trump said most of the benefits of the tax legislation are "going to working families, small businesses, and who — the family farmer."

The package Trump signed into law last month provides generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and families.

The president vastly inflated the value of the package in his speech, citing "a total of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, with most of those benefits going to working families, small businesses and who? The family farmer." The estimated value of the tax cuts is actually $1.5 trillion for families and businesses because of cuts in deductions and the use of other steps to generate offsetting tax revenue.

The president warned against voting for Democrats in this November's midterm elections, saying they would undo the tax bill. "If the Democrats ever had the chance, the first thing they would do is get rid of it and raise up your taxes," Trump said.

"Oh, are you happy you voted for me," he added. "You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege."

Trump also highlighted the doubling of the threshold for the estate tax — earning a standing ovation from the audience— and the ability for companies to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment. He said that "in every decision we make, we are honoring America's proud farming legacy."

Central to the report is the assessment that the "provider for an equalization among rural America is connectivity; that high-speed internet should remain a high priority for the administration," said Ray Starling, the special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade and food assistance. The report calls for expediting federal permitting to allow for broadband internet expansion in rural areas and for making it easier for providers to place cell towers on federal lands.

Trump signed an executive order following his speech on rural broadband, aimed at easing the process to put private broadband infrastructure on federal property. The White House described the move, along with a memorandum directing the Interior Department to work on a plan to increase access to their facilities for broadband deployment, as "incremental," but the start of an effort to make progress on the issue.

White House officials said all work was in the early stages and did not offer an overall timeline. Officials noted the price tag for rural broadband expansion has been estimated at $80 billion, but said the administration had not determined a cost.

The president also took credit for working to roll back the Obama administration's interpretation of the Clean Water Act, which had greatly expanded the list of bodies of water subject to federal regulation. The Farm Bureau ran a public relations campaign against the rule and called it "dangerous and unlawful."

The Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force report highlights the importance of addressing the opioid crisis, which has disproportionately affected rural communities.

Trump also called on Congress to renew the farm bill this year, adding he supports providing for federal crop insurance. The massive federal legislation funds federal agriculture and food policy, and it offers assistance to rural communities.

From Nashville, Trump traveled to Atlanta to watch Alabama's Crimson Tide and Georgia's Bulldogs face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. The game was played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.

Before departing for the game, Trump referenced his ongoing defense of the American flag and the national anthem, saying there was enough space for to people to express their views. "We love our flag and we love our anthem and we want to keep it that way," he said.

The president was greeted by cheers and a smattering of boos when he took to the field in Atlanta, escorted by ROTC members. With his hand over his heart and an American flag pin on his lapel, Trump sang a few words as Georgia's Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the anthem.

Trump left the game at halftime to return to the White House.

___

Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas in Washington and AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in Atlanta contributed to this report.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, College Sports, AP Business, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News, AP Business - Economy, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
AP source: Mueller conveys interest in questioning Trump
AP source: Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump
5:51PM ( 1 minute ago )
Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans
President Donald Trump is hailing his administration's tax overhaul as a concrete victory for family farmers and discussing his vision for an expansion of access to broadband internet
5:46PM ( 6 minutes ago )
White Kansas lawmaker says blacks 'responded worst' to drugs
A white Kansas lawmaker arguing against the legalization of marijuana said it and other drugs were outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup _ their genetics and that"
5:33PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach
The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach
4:52PM ( 1 hour ago )
Bristol City's stunning League Cup journey heads to Man City
Second-tier Bristol City has beaten four Premier League opponents to reach the semifinals of the English League Cup but the hard work has only just begun
4:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump to promote rural development, attend championship game
President Donald Trump is promoting his administration's plans to boost economic development in rural communities and is reserving a seat at college football's championship game
4:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
National title game still feels like afterthought to season
The College Football Playoff is here to stay, but the national championship game is still trying to make its mark
2:06PM ( 3 hours ago )
Bills coaches, Triplette's crew weren't primed for playoffs
The Buffalo Bills coaching staff and referee Jeff Triplette's crew had some curious calls in wild-card weekend
2:05PM ( 3 hours ago )
NAACP wants fans at college title game to wave white towels
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be filled with crimson and white among Alabama fans and red and black in the Georgia seats, but the NAACP wants to see white towels to send a message to President Donald Trump
10:26AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Energy agency rejects Trump bid to boost coal, nuclear power
An independent energy agency has rejected a bid by the Trump administration to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants
5:16PM ( 36 minutes ago )
End of protection for Salvadorans fills families with dread
End of protection for nearly 200K Salvadoran immigrants fills many families with dread
5:12PM ( 39 minutes ago )
AP source: Mueller has expressed interest in Trump interview
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign
4:58PM ( 54 minutes ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
US ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants
Officials say the Trump administration is ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, forcing nearly 200,000 to leave the country or face deportation
2:23PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: El Salvador seeks immigration fix in US Congress
El Salvador's top diplomat says the end of special protections for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to live in the United States underscores the need for legislation that would let them stay
1:44PM ( 4 hours ago )
Democrats move to offense on health care; seek 'big ideas'
Democrats shift to offense on health care, say goal is coverage for all
12:35PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Rutgers back in AP women's hoops poll; UConn still No. 1
Rutgers is back in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first time since 2015
2:45PM ( 3 hours ago )
Villanova returns to No. 1 in reshuffled AP Top 25 poll
Villanova returned to No. 1 in the new AP Top 25 poll after falling out of the top spot for a week
12:02PM ( 5 hours ago )
NAACP plans to protest Trump's visit to Atlanta
Protesters are getting ready for President Donald Trump's visit to Atlanta to attend the College Football Championship game between Alabama and Georgia
6:59AM ( 10 hours ago )
College Sports
The Weeknd dumps H&M after monkey sweatshirt ad
Singer The Weeknd said Monday on Twitter that he will no longer work with H&M after the clothing company posted an ad of a black child in a sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle" on the front.
5:15PM ( 37 minutes ago )
Guns sold by Washington authorities used in threats, suicide
An Associated Press review has found more than a dozen firearms sold by police in Washington state since 2010 ended up as evidence in new police investigations.
4:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
JFK airport tries to catch up after cascade of winter woes
Frazzled travelers have been snoozing on floors and dozens of suitcases are sitting unclaimed as a welter of winter weather problems extended flight delays at Kennedy Airport into a fourth day
4:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Retail workers feel disruption from shifting shopper habits
Shifting shopper habits spell disruption for retail workers, who have new duties, different roles, or are fighting for customers
2:36PM ( 3 hours ago )
Analysis: Iran protests show danger of economic woes
Analysis: Days of protests in Iran show danger of economic woes as country nears 40th anniversary
12:36PM ( 5 hours ago )
Lead Brexit campaigner urges EU flexibility on trade
A top campaigner for Britain to leave the EU is urging the bloc to back down and include the U.K.'s vast financial services sector in talks on their future trade ties
9:22AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
'Falling apart?' Trump's insults not forgotten in Atlanta
At championship game, Trump can expect Southern hospitality of city he disparaged as 'falling apart'
8:48AM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Falcons topple Rams 26-13, face Eagles next
Matt Ryan passed for 218 yards and hit Julio Jones for an 8-yard touchdown with 5:48 to play, and the defending NFC champion Falcons advanced from the wild-card round with a methodical 26-13 victory over the Rams.
11:51PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Falcons lead Rams 19-10 going into 4th quarter
The Atlanta Falcons got two more field goals from Matt Bryant to take a 19-10 lead against the Los Angeles Rams in their wild-card game.
10:59PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - College Football
White Kansas lawmaker says blacks 'responded worst' to drugs
A white Kansas lawmaker arguing against the legalization of marijuana said it and other drugs were outlawed in part because blacks were "basically users" and "responded worst" to the drugs because of their "character makeup _ their genetics and that"
5:33PM ( 19 minutes ago )
4 ex-fraternity members get jail in pledge's hazing death
4 New York City men sentenced to jail in death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge during 2013 hazing ritual in Pennsylvania
5:30PM ( 21 minutes ago )
AP source: Mueller team is interested in interviewing Trump
AP source: Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign
5:30PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Why not President Oprah? Awards speech has Democrats buzzing
Oprah Winfrey's speech at Golden Globes has Democratic activists saying, "Why not?" in post-Trump world.
5:25PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Autos overshadow the small gadgets at CES tech show in Vegas
The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles.
5:19PM ( 32 minutes ago )