Tuesday on the House floor before the passage of the tax bill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed the plan as "brazen theft" that "betrays the future and betrays the aspirations of our children."
She said the bill: "Is a vote to install a permanent plutocracy in our nation."
Noting the Christmas season, she added: "In this holy time, the moral obscenity and unrepentant greed of the GOP tax scam stands out even more clearly."
PELOSI: Today, we choose what kind of country America will be. one that champions the ladders of opportunity for all, or one that reinforces the power of the wealthiest and the well-connected? Outside the Congress, the American people have already made their decision. Polling shows that Americans oppose the GOP tax scam by a measure of 2-1... So why aren't our Republican colleague standing with their constituents?
Helping the middle class has never been their goal. From day one the donors, lobbyists, wealthy, and well-connected came first.
The Frankenstein monster of loopholes and special interest giveaways we are voting on here today proves it. And this monster will come back to haunt them, as Frankenstein did...
Today, we gather on this floor in the midst of a holy season. In this season we celebrate the miraculous blessings of God. We reflect on the wondrous joy of children and our responsibility to them. We remember our duty to live justly.
And for those of us blessed to serve in this Congress, we must remember our special responsibility to govern fairly, to meet the needs of all of God’s children.
In this holy time, the moral obscenity and unrepentant greed of the GOP tax scam stands out even more clearly...
This GOP tax scam is simply theft, monumental, brazen theft from the American middle class and from every person who aspires to reach it. the GOP tax scam is not a vote for an investment in growth or jobs. It is a vote to install a permanent plutocracy in our nation. They’ll be cheering that later. It does violence to the vision of our Founders. It disrespects the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, who are a large part of our middle class and to whom we owe a future worthy of their sacrifice. And it betrays the future and betrays the aspirations of our children. It demands, it morally demands a no vote from every member of this house of the people.