GOP mocks Wasserman Schultz for saying $1,000 doesn't go 'very far'

GOP mocks Wasserman Schultz for saying $1,000 doesn't go 'very far'
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Republicans are criticizing Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFlorida lawmakers blocked from entering facility holding migrant children Trump: Don't let Dems' IT worker, Wasserman Schultz 'off the hook' Koch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign MORE (D-Fla.) after she downplayed the $1,000 bonuses a number of companies have announced following passage of the new GOP tax law.

At an event in Florida on Thursday hosted by the Not One Penny campaign, Wasserman Schultz noted that employees would be taxed on these bonuses.

"I'm not sure that $1,000 — which is taxed, taxable — goes very far for almost anyone," she said. 

The comments from Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, were quickly picked up by right-leaning media outlets. They also got the attention of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump, GOP launch full-court press on compromise immigration measure Meadows gets heated with Ryan on House floor Ryan: House voting Thursday on bill to keep families together MORE (R-N.C.) and other conservatives on social media. 

Some on the right are also criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for calling the bonuses a "crumb" at the same event, arguing that Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz are out of touch with ordinary Americans.

Democrats and Republicans have been engaged in a heated messaging battle over the tax law, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report Trump likely to meet with Putin in July: report DOJ requests military lawyers to help prosecute immigration crimes: report MORE signed in December.

Republicans have been touting bonus announcements from companies such as Walmart and Home Depot as evidence that the middle class are being helped by the law.

Democrats are arguing that the tax law mostly benefits wealthy corporations and shareholders.