Angus King on GOP tax push: 'To call this a circus would be an insult to circuses'

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingOcasio-Cortez defends Sanders running as a Democrat: It's 'more than what you call yourself' Use of voting tabulation apps raise red flags on Capitol Hill Patrick Dempsey to star in pilot for CBS political drama 'Ways and Means' MORE (I-Maine) mocked the Republican push to pass a tax-reform bill, saying it was worse than a circus. 

"To call this a circus would be an insult to circuses," King said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Thursday. 

"Believe it or not, Anderson, nobody's seen it. We're going to be voting on one of the most important votes we'll ever take in this body that'll affect this country for the next thirty years. Nobody's seen the bill," he continued. 

King ripped the bill in a separate interview on MSNBC on Friday, saying it was being pushed through quickly because it was a bad bill. 

"Like I say, it's unbelievably complicated. I have a new rule, by the way. This is King's Rule. The faster a bill goes through, the worse it is, and that's what's going on here. As people learn, that's one of the reasons I predict there will be a vote today because the longer the days go on, more people learn how really terrible this bill is," he said. 

King's comments come after three Senate Republicans threatened to kill the bill on Thursday, effectively stalling the process. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) is working on a fix to win over Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who would like the size of the tax package reduced over concerns about the deficit.

But McConnell picked up two key votes on Friday when Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesAs many as eight GOP senators expected to vote to curb Trump's power to attack Iran Senate set for closing arguments on impeachment Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line MORE (R-Mont.) backed the bill after favorable changes to small businesses and so-called pass-through entities. 

Republicans can only afford to lose two votes on the legislation and still have Vice President Pence deliver the tie-breaking vote.

The Senate will hold its next round of votes on Friday at 11 am.