On Wednesday night, the Finance Committee passed their bill slashing taxes on corporations and the rich through Senate, causing the anxiety of many. During the debate around the bill, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown got into a heated argument with Republican committee chairman Orrin Hatch.
During the fight, Brown suggested that the bill is something that will solely benefit the rich, while leaving the working class behind—which is true, if you ask me! In response, Hatch went on a rant about his own upbringing, suggesting it was offensive for Brown to critique him over the bill. He didn't actually refute Brown's argument, though.
It’s clear @SenSherrodBrown hit a sore spot with @OrrinHatch here. He’s telling the truth about the Republican tax plan and its willfully harmful effects on the poor, and Hatch simply can’t deal. Note that he never actually rebuts Senator Brown's argument. pic.twitter.com/YkSECIUbpy— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 17, 2017
The bill is supported by Hatch and others who suggest that if corporations make more money on tax breaks, they'll pay higher wages. Brown disagreed, saying, “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. Just spare us the bank shots.”
“I come from the poor people,” Hatch responded. “And I’ve been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys overplay that all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.”
Poor Hatchy. People are responding to Hatch's ridiculous grandstanding, and applauding Brown for trying to stick up for his constituents:
Yooooo Sherrod Brown absolutely takes Orrin Hatch to task for the absolutely shameless GOP tax cut for rich people bill. This is a must watch. Orrin Hatch trying to act offended, but him getting so tight shows he knows Brown is right. pic.twitter.com/bvuXxliBfh— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 17, 2017
Orrin Hatch will NEVER be half as good a senator as Sherrod Brown! Thankful Brown represents the PEOPLE from the great state of Ohio!— Karen L. McMahan (@cottageflowerZB) November 17, 2017
I'm so sick of 90 year olds talking about how bad they used to have it, when they are where they are today because of the New Deal and democratic socioeconomic policies that created the middle class in the first place.— Erin L. (@Erinlank) November 17, 2017
We'll see which rhetoric wins the day. The bill still faces some obstacles to fully pass, but you can always call your representatives and let them know how you feel about it.