House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Republicans on Tuesday of embracing “moral obscenity and unrepentant greed” in the “holy season” by pushing sweeping tax-reform legislation to the finish line less than a week before Christmas.
Pelosi warned the GOP to rethink the bill she claimed would benefit the country’s richest citizens while engaging in “monumental, brazen theft from the American middle class and from every person who aspires to reach it.”
She added that any vote for the bill was “a vote to install a permanent plutocracy in our nation.”
“Today we gather on this floor in the midst of a holy season,” Pelosi said. “In this holy time, the moral obscenity and unrepentant greed of the GOP tax scam stands out even more clearly.”
“In this season, we celebrate the miraculous blessings of God. We reflect on the wondrous joy of children and our responsibility to them. We remember our duty to live justly,” Pelosi added. “And for those of us blessed to serve in this Congress, we must remember our special responsibility to govern fairly, to meet the needs of all of God’s children.”
But Pelosi was just getting started. She claimed the tax cut bill “does violence to the vision of our Founders” and “disrespects the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. And it betrays the future and betrays the aspirations of our children.”
Pelosi concluded her tirade by insisting the tax bill “morally demands a ‘no’ vote from every member of this House of the people.”
The irate House minority leader then took to Twitter to bash Republicans following the House vote to pass the measure on a 227-203 count. That vote sent the bill to the Senate for the last stop on the way to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.
“There are few things more disturbing than hearing the swell of cheers from the @HouseGOP as they raise taxes on 86 million middle-class families,” Pelosi tweeted. “Shamefully, Republicans were cheering against the children as they rob from their future and ransack the middle class to reward the rich.”