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Schumer Rebukes Republicans for Talking While He Hits Tax Reform Bill: ‘You Could Pay Attention for a Couple of Minutes’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) appeared to angrily rebuke Republicans for not paying attention while he spoke out against the GOP tax reform legislation Tuesday night, snapping that "this is serious stuff."

Shortly before the Senate voted on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax system, Schumer spoke and blasted the legislation as a giveaway to the wealthy and one that would raise taxes on 145,000,000 middle-class Americans by 2027.

As he spoke, he paused and glanced over at the Republican side of the chamber.

"Can we have order, Mr. President?" Schumer asked, annoyed. "This is serious stuff. We believe you're messing up America. You could pay attention for a couple of minutes."

The Senate passed the bill shortly after on a 51-48, party-line vote. The Republican-controlled House will vote on the legislation again today after a procedural error on Tuesday and is expected to pass it again.

President Donald Trump could sign the bill, which lowers corporate and individual rates and repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, by the end of this week, delivering on what he's termed a Christmas gift for Americans.