Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed sweeping tax reform by just one vote — and the Democratic opponents of the bill, who commonly referred to it as the “Tax Scam Bill,” were not happy about it.
Many immediately took to Twitter, slamming the bill and the Republicans who voted for it, and vowing to tirelessly fight its implementation.
Democratic leadership led the charge:
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 2, 2017
In my long career in politics, I have not seen a more regressive piece of legislation, so devoid of a rationale, so ill-suited for the condition of the country, so removed from the reality of what the American people need.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 2, 2017
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accused Republicans of “looting the Treasury”:
Historians will look back on Dec. 1, 2017 and conclude this was one of the great robberies in US history because Republicans are looting the Treasury.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 2, 2017
Several of the Democrats who have been floated as possible 2020 presidential candidates had something to say, as well:
Tonight the @SenateGOP gave a giant tax break to the rich & left everyone else holding the bag. This is about more than economics – it’s about our values. The Republicans just proved they are morally bankrupt. #GOPTaxScam
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 2, 2017
The tax plan approved tonight by my Republican colleagues is shameful. This is a victory for corporations and the top 1% of Americans, not teachers, not seniors, and certainly not the middle class.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 2, 2017
I’m furious, but this fight is not over.
In the days and weeks to come, I’ll do everything I possibly can to ensure this embarrassment of a tax bill never becomes law.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) December 2, 2017
And they were far from alone:
I’m mad. And sad. We need to work together, compromise, and produce thoughtful results for frustrated families. Not a one-party-behind-closed-doors-no-time-to-debate-no-hearing-jam-it-through-in the-middle-of -the-night-mess.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 2, 2017
This FIGHT isn't over! They will now have to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions before a final vote.
We can still defeat the #GOPTaxPlan. Keep making calls and tell Republicans: Don’t RAISE taxes on the middle class!
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 2, 2017
What a disgrace. Families in New York and across the country deserve so much better than this bill. https://t.co/oknE6s51y4
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 2, 2017
Tax bill = swamp creature. https://t.co/kFhPLFJNUa
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) December 2, 2017
The chief complaint among many Democrats was that they were not given enough time to review the bill and possible amendments — some handwritten in the margins as the debate wrapped up.
It's safe to say many of them are feeling the same way Republicans felt the morning after Democrats rammed the Affordable Care Act through, promising America they needed to pass the bill to see what was in it:
— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 22, 2010
Outrageous!! Staff & Members should live what they pass. RT @newledger Exempted From Obamacare: Senior Cong. Staff | http://is.gd/aTn8O
— Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) March 22, 2010
Sign the Repeal ObamaCare petition, started by @JimDeMint - http://senateconservatives.com/repeal#x
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) March 23, 2010
The real irony was in former President Barack Obama's own words, however:
Didn't you set the precedent with Obamacare? The Republicans wanted compromise and Obama said “elections have consequences”. The bill was also handed over to them with little time to review. Seems to me, your party taught them a lot!
— Scott DePace (@SDePace) December 2, 2017