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U.S. Senate Passes Tax Bill Repudiated by Most Americans as Giveaway to the Rich

The Republican Party-dominated Senate on Dec. 20 voted along party lines to approve the contentious Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rejected by more than half of Americans, and that will add some $1.455 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Republican Party-dominated Senate on Dec. 20 voted alongside get together traces to approve the contentious Tax Cuts and Jobs Act rejected by greater than half of Americans, and that can add some $1.455 trillion to the nationwide debt over the following 10 years.

The Senate handed the GOP tax-cut invoice in a 51-48 vote on Dec. 20, a day after the House of Representatives did so by a 227-203 vote, additionally alongside get together traces. All House and Senate Democrats voted in opposition to the invoice.

The $1.5 trillion tax invoice contains everlasting tax breaks for firms and short-term tax cuts for people. Once enacted into regulation, the laws will characterize probably the most drastic — and deleterious — modifications to the U.S. tax code since 1986.

The invoice slashes the company tax fee to 21% from its present fee of 35% and lowers the highest particular person tax fee from 39.6% to 37%.

It now goes to Donald Trump for his signature.

The House, nonetheless, must vote on the invoice once more due to a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian that two provisions within the House-passed invoice did not adjust to funds guidelines Republicans are utilizing to stop Democrats from mounting a filibuster.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the laws as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

A CNN ballot launched discovered that 55 p.c of respondents opposed the GOP tax plan. Two-thirds imagine it would profit the rich greater than the center class.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News ballot discovered that 41 p.c of Americans assume the plan is a foul thought, a rise from 35 p.c in October.

Democrats have criticized the invoice for weeks, arguing it unfairly favors firms and the rich relatively than the center class.

Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate minority chief, mentioned Republicans would “rue the day” once they handed the invoice, which he blasted as a “disgrace”.

“This is serious stuff. We believe you’re messing up America,” mentioned Schumer.

“What has been sold as a middle-class miracle will instead deliver a hefty windfall to the wealthy and only [a] paltry temporary leap for some in the middle class. Others will see an increase right from the get go,” mentioned Schumer.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the highest Democrat on the Finance Committee, slammed the GOP cost that his caucus did not wish to take part within the tax invoice saying Democrats “believe the tax code is a rotting mess and has to be fixed.”

“(But this) bill was written in the shadows, written in the dark,” mentioned Wyden.

Anti-bill activists shouted “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.”

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