Washington (KMOX) – The US Senate passed a nearly $1.5 trillion Republican tax bill early Saturday morning after a marathon overnight session.
In a comment on Twitter overnight, Democrat Claire McCaskill said: “We politely asked to adjourn till Monday morning. So we could read and study the bill we were just given. Answer was no. So we are here blindly re-arranging the American economy in the middle of the night.”
Shortly after she tweeted: “I’m mad. And sad. We need to work together, compromise, and produce thoughtful results for frustrated families. Not a one-party-behind-closed-doors-no-time-to-debate-no-hearing-jam-it-through-in the-middle-of -the-night-mess.”
Illinois’ Dick Durbin also took to Twitter: “The Republican tax bill is a giant giveaway to the wealthy and big corporations — and it’s all paid for by hiking taxes on seniors and the middle class.”
In a written statement this morning, Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth called the vote “disheartening” and said “Wall Street will benefit at the expense of Main Street.”
Meanwhile Republican Roy Blunt posted on Twitter this morning: “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a major victory for hardworking Missourians” In a statement on his website the Senator went on to say “This bill will break us free from years of stagnation. We will provide a much-needed tax cut for middle-class families and jump start a new era of growth and opportunity.”
The Republican-led House passed a similar measure last month. Both chambers will now try to craft a final bill.