Vice President-elect Pence plays uniquely large role in Trump administration

By Gennaro Ilaria 12/9/16

In a position not normally known for its influence, Mike Pence may become one of the most powerful vice presidents in history. He was named to lead President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and has reportedly been taking regular intelligence briefings in place of the president-elect.
Last week, just days before the first post-election “Thank You” event held in Ohio, he secured the Carrier jobs deal. This pact contains many tax incentives that will keep hundreds of jobs, previously destined for Mexico, in the United States.
This increased role began while serving as the mediator between Trump and congressional Republicans leading up to his return to Washington. Pence served in the House of Representatives from 2001-2013 for Indiana’s 2nd and 6th district.
The former Indiana governor recently discussed some of the Trump administration’s plans in his home state at a Heritage Foundation gathering. He said they not only plan to cut the corporate tax rate “from 35% to 15%,” but also to “cut taxes across the board” and “simplify the tax code.”

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