“There has never been a more outrageous, revolting, unfair process to pass a corrupted bill in the history of Congress.”
For the second time in six months, Senate Republicans are making a mockery of the process that is supposed to produce legislation in Congress.
But this time, they’re going to get away with it.
The Senate tax bill has been rewritten over the past 24 hours, keeping its central objective intact — a massive corporate tax cut — but shuffling around hundreds of billions in the US economy over the next 10 years with some of these changes. Republicans are adding handwritten notes in the margins and crossing out whole sections of the bill on the fly.
This is how Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, summarized it:
There has never been a more outrageous, revolting, unfair process to pass a corrupted bill in the history of Congress. That Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Lindsey Graham have endorsed this makes anything positive they have done get erased. Unconscionable
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) December 1, 2017
We’ve seen this show before. As Republicans struggled to find an Obamacare repeal plan that would get a majority in the Senate, they cooked up a cockamamie scheme at the last minute: Let’s pass a “skinny” repeal bill and tell our members to vote for it but also promise that it would never become law. Never mind that based on what House Republicans were saying at the time, it could very well have become law in a matter of hours. The bill very nearly went from being a bug of an idea in a Republican member or aide’s mind to the federal statute in one day.
But John McCain said no. The Arizona senator, along with Sens. Susan Collins Read More Here