'Hell No!': NY Dem, NY Republican Trade Heated Remarks Over Tax Bill
Two members of New York's Congressional delegation traded heated opposing commentaries on the tax reform plan before it passed the House.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley (D) of Queens slammed the bill, while Rep. Tom Reed II (R) celebrated its projected effect on the middle class.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) yielded some of his speaking his time to Crowley, who then denounced the tax bill as "unaffordable and inequitable."
"It's a scam and the American people know it," Crowley said. "Is this a bill that helps people who are living paycheck to paycheck? Hell no."
"Is this bill going to bring back jobs and lift up the middle class? Hell no," Crowley continued. "Is this bill going to make life better for cops, firefighters, nurses...? Hell no."
Crowley later said the bill instead helps those in the top tenth of a percent of income, mentioning the Trump family by name.
"Can you vote for this bill with a clear conscience? Hell no, you can't." Crowley said as he walked away from the lectern.
Before Reed spoke, the House presiding officer could be heard admonishing Crowley for his language, warning that "members are advised to use proper decorum."
Reed took to the lectern and took the opposite view, borrowing Crowley's rhetoric: "To [my] colleague from New York and all of the people you referenced in the middle class, I say Hell yes, they are going to be helped by this bill."
At one point a voice from the Democratic side of the aisle appeared to call for Reed to yield. Reed said he would not, and continued speaking.
Reed said he projected that people in his more rural district would see an average of $1,600 lifted from their tax burden.
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