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Warner: ‘Friday Was My Single Worst Day as a U.S. Senator’

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that Friday was his "worst day" as a senator so far after the Republican tax bill passed the Senate.

While speaking about the passage of the controversial tax bill with host Jake Tapper, Warner maintained hope that the bill may not become law as the House and Senate attempt to reconcile the differences between their two bills in conference.

"Is there any chance that this bill will not become law?" Tapper asked Warner.

"I think there still remains some chance," Warner replied. "And I was saying, Friday was my single worst day as a U.S. senator."

Warner emphasized that he was disappointed because he wanted to be a part of a bipartisan effort on tax reform since he realizes there needs to be changes to corporate rates to bring back American profits.

He explained, however, that the process of seeing the tax bill pass both the House and Senate "just plain stunk."

"This was ‘Swamp 101' process on Friday night where the bill was being hand drafted, lots of provisions were being included for special interests," Warner said.

Late Friday night, the Senate joined the House in passing its tax reform framework, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in a 51-49 vote. Every Democrat and one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), voted against the bill.

President Donald Trump praised the Senate in a Saturday morning tweet for passing the legislation.

"Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate," Trump tweeted. "Now these great Republicans will be going for final passage. Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!"