The GOP and President Donald Trump were in need of a political win given that many of the bills and measures crafted by the current administration have been shut down in Congress. The U.S. Senate passed its version of the tax overhaul bill early Saturday morning, with many critical of the move despite Republican claims this plan will aid American citizens in the long run.
The Senate narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday morning following a day of procedural delays and frustration.
The legislation, which would cut the top corporate tax rate to 20 percent and lower taxes for most individuals, narrowly passed in a vote of 51-49. Tennessee Republican Bob Corker was the only Republican to vote against the legislation, joining all 48 Democrats in opposing the sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws.
Passage of the tax bill is a significant victory for Republicans who have struggled to fulfill many key legislative promises.
The success followed a dramatic day as lawmakers anxiously awaited a final version of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters early in the day Friday that he believed that there were enough votes to pass the tax bill, but it took Republicans until late in the evening to make sure the bill conformed to strict Senate budget rules.
Naturally, President Trump is gloating about the passage of the bill via the Senate and several people on Twitter have voiced their concerns ahead of the vote and onto this morning. We’ve collected some of the responses below and on the following pages.