A group aligned with House GOP leadership unveiled a new ad on Monday thanking Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) for expressing a desire to make changes to the tax code.
The ad, from the American Action Network (AAN), features comments Ryan made on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week arguing for tax simplification and a cut to the corporate tax rate. Those issues are also top goals for Republicans in tax reform.
“I think we need to simplify the tax code, I think we need to lower the corporate tax rate,” the Ohio Democrat said. “We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth, we’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth.”
The ad, which will air on TV and digital platforms starting Tuesday in Ryan’s district, is the latest effort from AAN’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative to promote tax reform. The group has been running ads this summer in GOP-held districts, and the new ad is the first AAN is running in a district held by a Democratic House member.
AAN Executive Director Corry Bliss said in a statement that he hopes Ryan’s comments are “the beginning of bipartisan tax relief because the American people deserve nothing less.”
Tax reform is a top legislative priority for congressional Republicans and the White House this fall. Many congressional Democrats have expressed an interest in working with Republicans on a tax-code overhaul and agree that the corporate tax rate should be lowered.
But it will also be challenging for Republicans to get Democrats to back any tax bill they produce. Many Democrats do not want wealthy individuals to receive tax cuts and do not want Republicans to move tax-reform legislation through a process known as “reconciliation” that would make Democratic votes in the Senate unnecessary for passage.
Ryan, who last fall unsuccessfully challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be the top-ranking House Democrat, said that his party can still support a progressive tax code and higher taxes on dividends.
He also said later in the MSNBC interview that it may be difficult for Democrats to work with President Trump on issues because he’s “chaotic.”
“I want to try to solve some problems, but this president with his deep insecurities makes it so difficult,” he said. “He doesn’t keep his word.”