More than half of the Senate is older than 60; one senator, Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), is 88 years old.
Brooks said he and other Alabama Republicans voted against the bill in part because the Senate rammed it through without first seeing a Congressional Budget Office score. CBO said the bill would increase the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years.
"[W]e're dealing with an issue this weighty in a haphazard way in less than 20 hours because Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back MORE and the U.S. Senate sat on their thumbs for five months, because it was five months ago the House passed the bill they later sent back to us on New Year's Day," Brooks said.