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Senate Works Late into the Night to Pass Republican Tax Plan

Last night I couldn’t sleep. My entire apartment building quivered with an odd vibration. An earth tremor? No.

As it turns out, the U.S. Senate worked late into the night. Yes, on a weekend! I guess, anything to return a favor to friends.

The Republicans passed a tax plan to please large corporations and billionaires alike. Not only did they stay up late working, they killed two birds with one stone. I repeat: tax benefits for large corporations AND billionaires.

Matt Fuller and Arthur Delaney report for the Huffington Post. They say, “Most Republicans were ecstatic to pass the bill.” If you link to their article, you’ll see a beatific smile on Mitch McConnell’s face.


“…The big winners in the GOP bill that the Senate passed early Saturday morning [emphasis mine] are corporations and the wealthy…

While the bill took months to draft, the final package came together over a frenetic last few days. Republicans didn’t even have finished legislative text until Friday night, hours before the vote, and Democrats slammed their GOP colleagues for rushing through a bill that was cobbled together with handwritten changes and crossed-out pages at the last minute.

Those procedural concerns did nothing to slow the bill, however, with Republicans falling in line to vote down a Democratic motion to adjourn Friday night. Senators then began a so-called vote-a-rama, in which amendments get up-or-down approval one after the other until lawmakers are exhausted enough to stop. Eventually, in the early hours of Saturday morning, senators moved to a final vote on the reconciliation bill, and it passed…”

Matt Fuller and Arthur Delaney

READ MORE: Senate Passes Massive Tax Cuts for the Rich in Middle of the Night | Huffington Post


Just be aware. And beware.

 

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

6 Comments

  1. Ken Dowell

    The Enhanced Incone Inequality Act.

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  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    JoAnn, the punishing state weighs heavily on its citizens. Depressing. Can’t sleep. Nightmares.
    I woke on Thursday night from a nightmare: Our kitchen stove was on fire and I couldn’t find the means to put it out.

    Reply
    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. Nevertheless, it will most likely be changed in 2020 — when there are more Democrats and progressives in the House and Senate (maybe even a Sanders presidency…)

      Reply

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