Senate GOP reveals last-minute tax bill changes with handwritten notes

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she was handed the amendments to be included in the bill...
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she was handed the amendments to be included in the bill not by any of her colleagues, but by a lobbyist.(KNOE)
Published: Dec. 1, 2017 at 9:33 PM CST
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Senate Democrats were outraged Friday night after Republicans unveiled the 479-page text of their tax overhaul shortly before the bill went to the Senate floor for a vote.

The short timeframe, Democrats complained, left them no time to read all the provisions in the hefty legislation. Those hundreds of pages included new amendments and some handwritten notes that were nearly illegible. Republicans want to move the bill through swiftly, after Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday announced the chamber had the votes to pass the legislation.

"Not a single member of this chamber has read the bill," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said on the Senate floor. "It would be impossible."

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she was handed the amendments to be included in the bill not by any of her colleagues, but by a lobbyist. Lobbyists, her comment implied, saw the bill before Democratic members.

She also tweeted that the Senate can learn from history. Rep. Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" about the Affordable Care Act in 2010, a comment that came back to haunt her. McCaskill, like others, pointed out how illegible some of the scribbled amendments were.

A vote is expected sometime soon.