Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy says Republicans will provide a “substantial tax cut for middle-income Americans” in a plan that passes by the end of the year.

The 7th District congressman, who appeared Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” said the GOP tax plan will make America more competitive by lowering corporate taxes.

“We have businesses that leave our shores and go to other countries just because of taxes,” he said on the show, produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

“Let’s make sure those companies stay here and new ones start here, so we can employ more of our families with better-paying jobs, and that’s what this is all about, is better opportunity and a better American dream for more Americans,” he said.

Gousha asked Duffy if he stood by a recent comment that Republican candidates would be destroyed in 2018 if they failed to pass tax reform. Duffy said he did.

After the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Duffy said, “if you don’t fix that and you don’t get tax reform, Republicans will not have kept their promises that they made to their constituents.”

“For the party, I think it will be tough,” Duffy said.

Duffy also said he didn’t think that the recent indictments of President Trump’s former campaign manager and an associate mean much for Trump’s presidency.

In a town full of leaks, Duffy said, “there has not been one leak to make an allegation that Donald Trump colluded with Russians in the election. I think this is a non-story that’s trying to push a Democrat narrative.”

Duffy said he disagreed with Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who recently said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should resign.

“I think that would create a whole other set of problems,” Duffy said. “My hope is that Mueller sticks to the Russia investigation. Stay focused on that, bring out the facts and be fair, and frankly I think he will be. And until I have evidence to the contrary, I think he should stay. ”

In another segment, a UW-Waukesha professor said some faculty members have questions about the UW Colleges restructuring proposal offered by System President Ray Cross.

Cross proposed making the 13 two-year schools branches of nearby four-year universities. The Board of Regents will consider the proposal later this week.

“We want to make sure the programs, the curriculum, and our offerings continue for our students. The UW Colleges mission of access is vital to the state,” said Jennifer Heinert, English professor at UW-Waukesha.

Also on the program, political opinion writers John Nichols of The Capital Times and Christian Schneider of USA Today discussed the 2018 race for governor. Republican Gov. Scott Walker formally announced his bid for a third term on Sunday.

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