Sen. Hatch to Dems saying tax cuts are for rich: ‘Bull crap’

In this Nov. 13, 2017, photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, arrives as the tax-writing panel begins work on overhauling the nation's tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Millions would forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling with their own wellbeing and boosting premiums for others. Just as important, the drive by GOP senators to undo “Obamacare’s” coverage requirement fits in with Trump administration efforts to write regulations allowing for plans with limited benefits and lower premiums.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)In this Nov. 13, 2017, photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, arrives as the tax-writing panel begins work on overhauling the nation's tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Millions would forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling with their own wellbeing and boosting premiums for others. Just as important, the drive by GOP senators to undo “Obamacare’s” coverage requirement fits in with Trump administration efforts to write regulations allowing for plans with limited benefits and lower premiums. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate between two senators over whether Republican tax cuts are aimed at helping the rich escalated into raised voices, interruptions, a banging gavel and a decidedly un-senatorial cry of “bull crap.”

The eruption occurred late Thursday as Republicans pushed a near $1.5 trillion, 10-year tax cut for businesses and individuals through the Senate Finance Committee over Democrats’ objections.

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said people know Republicans want to help the rich because it’s “in their DNA.”

The committee’s chairman is 83-year-old Orrin Hatch. The Utah Republican has served in the Senate since 1977, and he told Brown he’d heard enough.

Hatch said he’s helped disadvantaged people “my whole stinking career.”

As the two senators talked over each other, Hatch said he was tired of Democrats’ “bull crap.”

 

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