Republicans passed a massive tax law in the small hours of Saturday morning after a marathon session of last-minute intramural bargaining, in a farcical process that belied the measure’s seriousness and far-reaching impact.
Despite a series of objections from various senators over the last few days, the bill passed 51-49 with every Republican voting yes except Bob Corker, who remained concerned about its effect on the deficit. The process was so rushed that the bill included handwritten amendments in the margins.
Senate Democrats lined up to condemn it, and the slapdash method of bringing it to the floor. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said it was “a process and a product that no one can be proud of and everyone should be ashamed of.”
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell called it “a great day for the country.”