While a majority of Americans were fast asleep early Saturday morning (Dec. 2), Republican leaders successfully found a way to get enough votes from the U.S. Senate to pass what has since been deemed as a historic overhaul of the U.S. tax code.
As reported, the most sweeping tax reform bill since 1986 was passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, winning by a vote of 51-49. The bill, if it successfully becomes a law, will greatly impact both every U.S. citizen and every U.S. business, with many taking to Twitter to express their disgust that the bill (complete with last-minute handwritten changes) passed in the Senate and in the middle of the night, no less.
The bill was infamously created without the inclusion of Democrats, with many pointing out that just hours before the bill was voted on, aides were still actually writing the bill itself, making the immediate vote that much more irresponsible.
The tax reform bill largely favors corporations and repeals Obamacare's individual mandate. Additionally, while it has been said it was designed to favor the middle class, evidence supports the opposite to be true. To put it simply, this bill will greatly benefit the highest-earning Americans and will harm those with comparatively lower annual incomes.
Naturally, President Donald Trump was one of the first to praise the work of the Republican Party, writing on Twitter, "Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate. Now these great Republicans will be going for final passage. Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!"
The White House also issued an accompanying statement adding that the senators who voted in favor of the bill "did a great service to their constituents" and that the legislation would bring "sustainable economic prosperity and job creation."
As pointed out by the New York Times, the bill's passing also marks the first significant legislative victory for the Republican Party since it first assumed control of the House, Senate and White House.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was one of the bill's largest and most outspoken critics, explaining how he hadn't seen, throughout his entire career, such a "regressive piece of legislation."
In the aftermath of news breaking that the GOP bill passed the Senate, many took to social media to react, with one user pointing out, "I woke up this morning to find out I got robbed last night. So did you."
Take a look at how celebrities and citizens alike are responding to the tax reform bill passing the Senate below.
What happened early this morning — voting on the GOP tax bill just mere hours after Senators received the final text — was irresponsible and downright disrespectful to the American people. What was in the bill was even worse. I voted NO.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 2, 2017
Today if you think you've won, you're either:— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) December 2, 2017
2) Blinded by hatred for Barack Obama
Collins and McCain pretended that they cared about health care until they could gut it by calling it a tax plan. Shameful. #TaxScamBill— deray (@deray) December 2, 2017
If you just got screwed by the GOP #TaxScamBill remember that karmic reckoning is less than a year away. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, and in this case, you can dish it out right at the ballot box. Register and Vote in 2018. https://t.co/eheXZkVmAb— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 2, 2017
Just so we’re 100% clear:— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) December 2, 2017
The GOP is about to pass a tax bill they’ve consistently lied about, that has illegible handwriting for amendments, that is going to be signed by a president who increasingly looks like he was illegitimately elected with the help of a foreign adversary
Don't let them spin this any other way: Senate Republicans are using a battering ram of lies and false promises to force through billions of dollars in giveaways for their donors and wealthy corporations. pic.twitter.com/nQC5P9vXg5— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 2, 2017
The #TaxScamBill is perhaps the most astonishing display of the consolidation of power in our oligarchy masquerading as a democracy, and part and parcel of that tragedy is how very few Americans truly understand how badly we just got fucked— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) December 2, 2017
I woke up this morning to find out I got robbed last night. So did you.— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) December 2, 2017
Congrats to all the American families this tax bill will help. Fortunately I can list most of them in a tweet: Koch, Mercer, Mnuchin, DeVos, and Trump.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 2, 2017
There were 1.5 years of debate and 163 Republican amendments to Obamacare.— Brandon Unger (@ungerbn103) December 2, 2017
Republican #TaxScamBill was passed, in 4 hours, with no debate.
Save this tweet: People will go to prison for this #TaxScamBill. Intermingling with lobbyists & their campaign donors while writing bills in Congress? No way everything is on the up and up. Rest assured, I’m gonna get to the bottom of this.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 2, 2017
Let me get this straight. We pay into Social Security. This is literally our own money. But now we have to give it up to needy billionaires. #TaxScamBill— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 2, 2017
Millionaires can write off their personal jet expenses but I can't write off $250 of the $1,000 I spend on my students each year. #TaxScamBill— Sue Geiger (@suzygeiger) December 2, 2017
Under the cover of darkness, Republicans passed their tax plan. But this fight isn’t over yet, as the Senate and the House tax bills will be reconciled in conference. Keep up the calls and tell Republicans you don’t want this #TaxScamBill: (202) 224-3121.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 2, 2017