Ivanka Trump pushes GOP tax plan, credits in Pennsylvania

Last Updated Oct 23, 2017 2:19 PM EDT

White House adviser Ivanka Trump spoke in favor of the Republican effort to overhaul the nation's tax code system in Pennsylvania on Monday during a town hall event with U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza.

Trump has previously spoken out about economic issues, including the administration's paid family leave policy, but focused much of her remarks on Monday addressing the administration's proposal to expand the $1,000 child tax credit.

Details on just how much the credit should increase to have not been settled.

"We're advocating strongly for the expansion of the child tax credit, we think it's critically important to help offer American families much needed relief and prioritize what's right for their families," said Trump, the president's eldest daughter.

She added, "This tax credit enables a family to decide what is a right investment for them and their child. It's a very well-designed credit that will have a very big difference in the lives of families abut also can be unique to that individual family."

Trump said it was very important to make the credit refundable and that it was vital to recognize what the "modern American family looks like."

"Every parent has to manage the competing demands of raising a family and their passions, whether it be professional or otherwise, and I too had to manage that, but I'm far more fortunate than most and I had help. I wouldn't be able to do even a small fraction of what I was doing professionally or as a parent, just being so tired and overtasked, if I didn't have access to the means to be able to put myself my children in a secure and safe and protected and nurturing environment," she said.

She touted her father's tax blueprint as "squarely targeted at creating jobs for this country, creating growth for this country and offering relief to middle income families."

"It's time we recognize as a country that we have to have policies that mirror our values  -- work and family," said Trump, arguing that the tax reform plan does just that.

When asked if the administration's plan will in fact provide tax cuts to every American, Trump responded "absolutely."

"The president and the administration have repeatedly said the priority is middle income Americans ensuring that it has a positive additive effect for them but tax reform will impact everyone, simplification will impact everyone," said Trump.

She added that tax simplification "democratizes the tax code," adding that "everyone should be on a level playing field."

Trump's remarks follow that of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who joined a conference call on Sunday with House Republicans, urging them to adopt the Senate-passed budget this week in order to speed up the process on tax reform.

"We are on the verge of doing something very, very historic," Mr. Trump said on the call, according to a GOP source.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney echoed the sense of urgency on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, saying that the Republican Party has "a lot of things we haven't followed through on," and that Mr. Trump has endured "great deal of frustration" as a result.

"We have to start keeping our promises. But passing this budget this week, which is the next step and an absolutely critical step to get tax reform, was a big step forward in keeping that promise," Mulvaney said.