Senate Democrats were finally given an opportunity to see the 479-page Republican tax bill Friday evening, but there was just one problem — they couldn't read it.
“Can anyone read this?” questioned Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-DE), noting handwritten changes filling the margins of the bill text:
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 1, 2017
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joined with Durbin in his criticism:
Does anyone think this is how the United States Senate should be changing our entire tax code? Last minute, hand written edits on a bill that was just released on a Friday night?
Me neither. https://t.co/PzKOUyjdr5
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) December 2, 2017
“I just got the tax bill 25 minutes ago,” explained Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in a Twitter video. “I want you to take a look at this, folks. This is your government at work,” he added:
I was just handed a 479-page tax bill a few hours before the vote. One page literally has hand scribbled policy changes on it that can’t be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better. pic.twitter.com/q6lTpXoXS0
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) December 2, 2017
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) was seeking a handwriting expert to help him interpret the bill that will likely face a vote tonight:
Any handwriting experts out there? I'd like to know what this says before they call for a vote. This is absurd. pic.twitter.com/6UkiJmuY9T
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 1, 2017
“WHY AM I ASKING THESE QUESTIONS HOURS BEFORE WE VOTE ON IT?” asked Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ):
Okay this is absurd. One page of the new #GOPTaxPlan is crossed out with an ex. Another page is just a line. Is that a crossout? Is this page part of the bill?
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) December 1, 2017
And Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) highlighted the absurdity of the situation by adding the mascot for the famous “Monopoly” board game:
New version. pic.twitter.com/BZfc8dm216
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) December 2, 2017
The Senate is making final preparations to vote on the bill Friday evening. Senate Democrats still have plenty of unaddressed concerns with the 479-page bill.