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12/20/2017 07:55 am ET Updated Dec 20, 2017

Chuck Schumer Warns GOP: 'You're Messing Up America. You Could Pay Attention.'

The Senate minority leader told off Republicans just before the crucial vote on the tax bill.

Ahead of Senate Republicans’ vote early Wednesday to pass a deeply unpopular piece of tax legislation that will add a whopping $1.4 trillion to the national debt, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Republicans that they were “messing up America.”

In addition to labeling the tax bill “an absolute disgrace,” Schumer shut down Republicans who were chatting in the chamber as he tried to discuss how the GOP’s tax plan overwhelmingly favors America’s wealthiest individuals and burdens those in the middle class. 

“This is serious stuff,” Schumer said. “We believe you’re messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes.”

Early Wednesday morning, the Senate voted along party lines to pass the tax bill, which is the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax codes in decades.

“It’s not just an ideological difference,” Schumer said. “It’s something dramatically opposite of what America needs.”

Schumer and other Democrats piled on their outrage after the vote as well.

The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for a final vote, before going to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

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