During a Senate committee meeting Thursday evening discussing the largely unpopular GOP tax bill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) got into a vicious back-and-forth debate about the Republican plan to give the wealthy and corporations tax breaks in hopes that their wealth will eventually trickle back down to the poor and working-class.
“It would be nice, just tonight, before we go home, to just acknowledge well this tax cut really is not for the middle class it’s for the rich,” Sen. Brown said. “And that whole thing about higher wages, well it’s a good selling point, but we know companies don’t just give away higher wages just because they have more money […] corporations are sitting on a lot of money now, they’re sitting on a lot of profits now, I don’t see wages going up. So just spare us the bankshot, spare us the sarcasm and the satire.”
Sherrod Brown really takes the fight to Orrin Hatch here. No Trumpian namecalling or low blows. Instead focusing on the GOP helping only the ultra-rich. Judging by how mad Hatch got, Brown hit a soft spot. pic.twitter.com/WxDFb8ipHB
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 17, 2017
As ThinkProgress notes:
Brown was referring to the $4,000 dollar lie the White House and Congressional Republicans are using against Democrats who argue the bill is bad for middle-class families. According to the GOP, cutting taxes for corporations would result in more jobs and higher wages resulting in a $4,000 dollar raise for the average American household. The brand of trickle-down economics, however, has proved itself to be unsuccessful.
“I come from the poor people, and I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance,” Hatch fired back. “And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys overplay it all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.”
As Hatch said he was “sick and tired of it.”
Brown fired back that he was sick of seeing the wealthiest get “richer and richer” while the middle-class doesn’t benefit.
“How many times do we do this before you learn this?!” Brown shouted.
“I come from the lower-middle class originally — we didn’t have anything,” Hatch yelled. “So don’t spew that stuff on me — I get a little tired of that crap!”
Hatch touted his reputation of having worked on both sides of the aisle to get legislation passed.
Brown responded by asking why he couldn’t start with CHIP, referring to the federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program which expired on Sept. 30.
“I’m not starting with CHIP,” Hatch fired back. “I’ve done it for years. I’ve got more bills passed than everybody on this committee put together. And they’ve been passed for the benefit of people in this country.”
He added, “Now, all I can say is I like you personally very much, but I’m telling you, this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while and do it right at the end of this is just not right. And I just — it takes a lot to get me worked up like this.”
The center of the GOP tax plan is a tax cut for corporations. This giant tax cut is expensive, costing nearly $1.5 trillion dollars over the next decade. The Senate plans to pay for this, in part, by repealing the individual mandate, which requires individuals to be covered by health insurance. As a result, 13 million Americanswould be incentivized to go without coverage, saving the government money.