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-- President Donald Trump pitched his efforts to help rural America, promoting his tax overhaul law and economic development plans on a visit to Tennessee on Monday. He's also reserving a seat at the national college football championship game.
Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to address the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. With the trip to Nashville, he unveiled a report the White House says will include proposals to stimulate a segment of the national economy that has lagged behind others.
Trump said most of the benefits of the tax legislation are "going to working families, small businesses, and who, the family farmer."
The $1.5 trillion package that 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 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.
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."