Warren slams GOP tax bill: 'It’s government for sale'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) ripped the GOP tax bill in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday night, calling it “government for sale.”

“As one of my Republican colleagues said in a moment of honesty, if they don’t pass this tax giveaway bill, financial contributions will stop. And a Republican House member said big donors told him to pass the tax bill — or don’t ever call them again,” Warren said. “Let's call this out for what it is — it’s government for sale.”

“And that’s how you end up with a $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to corporations at a time of record corporate profit.”

Last month, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPost peace talks, Afghan elections are the best way forward Trump walks tightrope on gun control Pompeo doubles down on blaming Iran for oil attacks: 'This was a state-on-state act of war' MORE (R-S.C.) said "financial contributions will stop" for the GOP if the party doesn't pass its tax bill.

"The party fractures, most incumbents in 2018 will get a severe primary challenge, a lot of them will probably lose, the base will fracture, the financial contributions will stop, other than that it'll be fine," he said.

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsNate McMurray launches second challenge against GOP Rep. Chris Collins Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid House ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers MORE (R-N.Y.) also said last month that he is facing pressure from donors to ensure the GOP tax bill gets passed.


Warren’s comments come on the heel of a joint op-ed she wrote with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) in which they criticized Republicans for pushing an agenda they say is "widely disliked by the American people."

“Despite a booming stock market and record corporate profits, workers in this country are being squeezed by flat wages, soaring household expenses and declining savings,” Warren and Sanders write. “They want Washington to start working for them and to spend tax dollars investing in our future — not bankrupting it.”

“Congressional Republicans face a choice,” they continue. “Will they spend this week just trying to deliver partisan tax breaks for the rich? Or will they work with Democrats to pass a budget that supports working people?”

House Republicans passed the final version of the GOP tax bill on Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to follow suit later Tuesday evening.

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 revote on the bill Wednesday after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that three provisions in the bill violated Senate rules.