Schumer criticizes Republicans for ‘messing up America’ with tax reform (video)


During the Senate’s vote on the Republican’s tax reform bill early Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D.-N.Y., interrupted his floor speech to scold Republicans in the chamber for talking during his speech.

“Can we have order, Mr. President?” Schumer said to the presiding senator, Jeff Flake, R.-Ariz.

“This is serious stuff,” Schumer said. “We believe you’re messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes.”

In his speech, Schumer strongly criticized the Republican tax reform legislation, contending that the bill would lead to a “hefty windfall for the wealthy and only (a) paltry temporary leap for some in the middle class.”

Schumer also called the bill a “disgrace” and claimed that the Republicans would “rue the day” that they passed the legislation.

House Republicans passed the Republican tax reform bill on Tuesday, and the Senate also passed the legislation shortly before 1 a.m. EST with a vote of 51-48. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill and all Republicans supported it.

Before President Donald Trump can sign the tax reform legislation into law, the House must re-vote because of procedural flaws in the chamber’s vote earlier Tuesday.

Trump is expected to sign the bill on Wednesday.

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