Dems Erupt In Anger After ‘Corrupt’ Tax Bill Passes The Senate

Democratic senators unleashed their anger on Twitter after Republicans voted to pass their tax bill through the Senate shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Senate Republicans voted to pass the controversial bill, a rewrite of the current tax code, after senators debated the bill all day Friday. Democrats, who maintain that the bill unfairly benefits only the very wealthy, had only received a final copy of the nearly 500-page bill hours before the vote took place.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) attempted to push the vote for the bill to Monday so that Democrats would have enough time to read the bill thoroughly. Republicans voted against the delay.

Many Democratic senators said they weren’t able to read the entire draft of the tax rewrite, which contained handwritten notes and crossed-out pages, ahead of the vote. Others promised they would keep fighting against the bill, which still has to pass through two chambers before it becomes law.

“This Congress doesn’t work for working families,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted in the early hours of Saturday morning. “It works for corporate lobbyists & campaign donors in backroom deals & 1:30 a.m. votes.”

She added, “This corruption is hollowing out America’s middle class & tearing down our democracy.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) warned that the bill “will haunt America for decades to come.”

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