Citing tax reform's consequences, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Republicans' final version of reform “the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress.”
Pelosi, according to The Hill, maintained the bill faced stiff competition for that title but justified her description by arguing that the legislation would affect a country in which “everything is bigger.”
“Now, how can I make that claim? Well, because it involves more money, hurts more people, increases the deficit by so much more, and just because everything is bigger in our country,” Pelosi said during floor debate on Tuesday.
House Republicans passed the bill on a 227-203 vote. If it reaches the president's desk, the reform would cut individual and corporate tax rates.
As Pelosi noted, the bill would likely raise the federal deficit. Although the cost of the current version is unclear, the Congressional Budget Office estimated similar versions would deepen the deficit by more than $1 trillion.
Pelosi also derided the way Republicans pushed the bill through Congress, suggesting that they rushed the bill without proper consideration.
“[A] multitrillion-dollar economy being addressed by a bill that had no hearings, no expert testimony, just the speed of light, as [Rep.] Jamie Raskin says, the speed of light in the dark of night, here we are,” Pelosi said.
On Monday, Pelosi went so far as to say the legislation, which also repeals the Affordable Care Act's controversial individual mandate, signified “Armageddon.”
“No, it is the end of the world. The debate over health care is life and death. This is Armageddon,” she said.