Schumer, who along with other Democratic senators received a draft of the bill late Friday, called the bill a monstrosity and criticized his Republican colleagues for rushing to pass a measure that he says only benefits the wealthy.
“Historians will mark this day as one of the darkest black-letter days in the long history of this Senate,” Schumer said during his request to delay voting on the bill until Monday.
“Once hailed as the world’s greatest deliberative body, as a beacon of American democracy and the envy of representative governments around the world, the Senate seems to have abandoned those qualities in a rush to pass a bill that no one is proud of.”
Breaking: On floor where senator Schumer asked to adjourn until Monday so that senators AND the American taxpayers can look at tax bill. We got it four hrs ago and it is 500 pgs w/1.4 tril in debt. Republicans are all voting no. #RipoffWith NoDebate
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 2, 2017
Schumer and other Democratic senators said it would be impossible for Democrats to vote accurately on the bill because they weren’t given enough time to read it.
Schumer asked: “How high taxes go up or go down, if the economy grows or shrinks, if it creates jobs or loses them ― who knows? Certainly no one here.”
The senator added, “With this stunning deception, with this reckless ramrodding of a bill, Republicans are reaching heretofore unreached heights of hypocrisy and the Senate is descending to a new low of chicanery.”
Schumer emphasized how damaging the tax bill could be for middle class Americans and accused Republican lawmakers of pandering to lobbyists and special interest groups.
“Substantively, the Republicans have managed to take a bad bill and make it worse,” Schumer said.
“It was chock-full of special-interest giveaways before tonight, but under the cover of darkness and with the aid of haste, a flurry of last-minute changes will stuff even more money into the pockets of the wealthy and the biggest corporations while raising taxes on millions in the middle class.”
Schumer pleaded with the GOP to push back voting on the bill so that lawmakers could “clean” it up.
“I would make one final plea,” he said. “Because this bill is so slanted toward the wealthy and powerful ……