Rep. Kristi Noem: 'We Honestly Did Have a Lot of Bipartisan Discussions' on Tax Bill

By Susan Jones | December 20, 2017 | 9:05am EST
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) (Photo: Screen grab/Fox News)

( - A number of Democrats cite the lack of bipartisanship among their many objections to the Republican tax bill, but they're wrong about that, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tuesday night.

Noem was on the conference committee that negotiated the differences between the House and Senate bills.

"You know, we honestly did have a lot of bipartisan discussions on this," Noem said. "I have been on Ways and Means for several years. We have had many, many bipartisan hearings on tax reform proposals. Economists come before the committee. We had a farmer from South Dakota come and talk about what would be important provisions to have in this tax reform bill.

"So the fact that the Democrats stand on TV and say they weren't consulted is absolutely not true. I sat in the White House with President Trump while we had bipartisan discussions on tax reform."

Noem said the Democrat claims that they were shut out of the process "can be simply proven to be not true. They were consulted," she said. "They didn't want to play ball. They didn't want to help the American people. So that's why why this is now a Republican bill. And Americans are going to see benefits out of this bill that they'll realize next year."

Noem called the final product a "very good bill," despite what Democrats are saying.

"I think a lot what the Democrats are saying out there is just lacking the facts. And they are spinning a lot of shameful claims about this bill that we, just as Republicans, need to get out there and tell the truth.

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