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Dems rip GOP over handwritten changes to tax plan

Senate Democrats on Friday ripped Republicans for making last-minute handwritten changes to a version of their tax-reform legislation mere hours before the chamber is expected to vote on it. 

“They are scribbling changes in the margins. What could possibly go wrong,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted, with a photo showing a column of scribbled notes next to a section of the lengthy bill.


The version of the bill Democrats are criticizing does not include a final GOP amendment that hasn’t been filed yet.

“Trying to review the #GOPTaxScam but they are making hand-written changes to brand new text as we speak – can anyone else read this?” tweeted Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), sharing the same page of the law.

Durbin also criticized the process on the Senate floor, saying the GOP wrote out the bill “in longhand” and provided an illegible “work product” to lobbyists before handing it over to the senators voting on it.


Multiple senators criticized the GOP for making handwritten changes, including Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jon Tester (D-Mon.). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also joined the criticism.

The Senate is expected to vote on the sweeping legislation late Friday, following a day of negotiations among Republicans, almost all of whom need to vote for the bill for it to pass.

The legislation, if passed, would be the largest tax reform in the U.S. in three decades, marking a historic victory for the Republican Congress and the Trump administration. 

Tags Bob Casey Bob Menendez Brian Schatz Dick Durbin Jon Tester Nancy Pelosi
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