Watch: Sen. Brown gets into heated exchange over GOP tax plan
WASHINGTON (WRGT) —
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown got into a heated exchange Thursday with another senator over the GOP tax plan.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the tax plan which passed earlier in the day in the House. Senator Brown, a Democrat, does not support the plan and during the Senate Finance Committee meeting accused Republicans of cutting taxes for the rich. The accusation didn't sit well with the committee's chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch has been in the Senate since 1977 and said he comes from the lower-middle class and has worked his whole career to help those who he says don't have a chance. "I really resent anybody who says I'm just doing this for the rich, give me a break. I think you guys just overplay that all the time and it gets old, frankly you ought to quit," Hatch said to Brown.
Brown said he wanted Republicans to "acknowledge, well, this tax cut isn't really for the middle class, it's for the rich. And that whole thing about higher wages, it's a good selling point, but we know companies don't just give away higher wages. They don't just give away higher wages because they have more money." Brown went on to say he is "sick and tired of the richest people in this country getting richer and richer."
Brown posted part of his exchange with Hatch on his Twitter page saying he wants the public to know what is in the bill that was passed. He said the bill takes away healthcare, raises premium and cuts Medicare.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill 14-12, meaning it will now go to a full vote in the Senate.