The final hours of the vote are chaotic.
Senate Republicans are down to the wire on their tax bill — so much so that the legislation, which would massively overhaul the nation’s tax code, has large portions that are handwritten.
Mere hours ahead of the Senate’s tax vote, Republicans have yet to release an official copy of the tax bill. The only legislative text that has been internally circulated by Senate staff and tax lobbyists, and made public first by Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, includes large swaths of policy changes in handwriting, filled between the lines and in the margins of a previous copy.
The handwritten policy changes include changes to the language around the expansion of the child tax credit and how to tax pass-through companies, like LLCs or partnerships, that are transitioning into corporations that are taxed at a different rate. The handwritten edits also cross out an entire segment of the bill giving a tax deduction for tuition payments toward some qualified religious instruction.
Two more pages of changes to the Republican tax bill—these ones in handwriting. pic.twitter.com/rYQoe9brUB
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 1, 2017
As this handwritten copy of the tax bill surfaced, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), the top Democrat on the tax-writing Finance Committee, took to the Senate floor to decry the Republicans’ rushed, secret, and last-minute process.
Durbin asked to submit the legislative text with handwritten alteration to the Senate record as “artwork.” Sen. John Tester (D-MT) also released a video highlighting the handwritten portions of the bill, sarcastically saying this was “your government at work.”
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 Read More Here