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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 11:40 am

Donnelly to dine with Trump at White House

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly is among six senators, including three centrist Democrats, who will have a working dinner Tuesday at the White House with President Donald Trump to discuss possible revisions to the income tax code.

Invited lawmakers reportedly include Donnelly and Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and John Thune of South Dakota.

Donnelly confirmed that he will attend the dinner, which the White House said will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Room.

“I’ve talked with President Trump before about my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs," Donnelly said in a statement. "I believe tax reform is an appropriate avenue to determine ways we can reward companies that invest in our workers and penalize those shipping American jobs to other countries. I’m looking forward to talking to President Trump again about my ideas and ways we can work together on this issue.”

Donnelly's office noted that he discussed the End Outsourcing Act, legislation he filed last winter, during a February meeting at the White House with Trump, who "signaled his support for the proposal."

The End Outsourcing Act would require federal contracting officials to consider whether a bidding company has outsourced domestic jobs; prohibit companies from taking tax breaks for shifting jobs or factories to other countries; reclaim public incentives from outsourcers; and create tax incentives for companies that relocate foreign jobs to rural and impoverished areas of the United States. 

Donnelly is considered among the most vulnerable Democratic senators facing re-election next year because he represents a state Trump won by 19 percentage points in the 2016 presidential race. He, Heitkamp and Manchin are considered key members of the Senate because they are the Democrats most likely to support legislation favored by Republicans, who have a 52-48 majority.

Two House members who seek to unseat Donnelly – Reps. Luke Messer, R-6th, and Todd Rokita, R-4th – have campaigned as ardent supporters of Trump, although both voted last week in opposition to the deal Trump reached with congressional Democrats to send disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Texas, temporarily increase the national debt limit and extend current federal spending levels into December.