Schumer chides distracted Republicans on Senate floor during tax vote: 'You're messing up America'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (D-N.Y.) interrupted his floor speech during the Senate’s vote on the GOP tax bill early Wednesday to admonish Republicans in the chamber for speaking during his speech.

“Can we have order, Mr. President?” Schumer said to the presiding senator, Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeVoters will punish Congress for ignoring duty on war and peace GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer GOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE (R-Ariz.).

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

Schumer used his speech to blast the GOP tax bill, saying the bill would lead to a “hefty windfall for the wealthy and only [a] paltry temporary leap for some in the middle class” and labeling the bill as a “disgrace.”

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The New York Democrat also reiterated his vow that Republicans would “rue the day” they passed the bill.

House Republicans passed the final version of the GOP tax bill on Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to follow suit early Wednesday following hours of debate.

The bill lowers the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent and slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

It also increases the exemption amounts for the individual alternative minimum tax and the estate tax, and eliminates the ObamaCare individual mandate.

The House will have to vote again on the bill Wednesday after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that three provisions in the bill violated Senate rules for budget reconciliation.