‘This is theater!’ Rep. John Larson absolutely blisters GOP for refusing to ask experts about tax cuts

Rep. John Larson (D-CT) unleashed a fiery condemnation of his Republican colleagues on Monday for writing a tax reform bill behind closed doors and without allowing Democrats to call experts to testify.

At a tax reform bill markup hearing, Larson accused Republicans of making the process into “theater.”

“Since this is theater, and that’s all this is today, is theater,” Larson began. “And without a hearing, you’re going to proceed with the great charade.”

The Democratic congressman accused Republicans of writing the bill “behind closed doors.”

“The transfer that’s going to take place — the transfer of wealth from one region of the country to the other,” he said. “On the backs of hardworking people of the middle class. You talk about taxing success, all of our working professionals, whether you’re a machinist or teacher — and in the case of a teacher, if they reach into their pocket to pay for their students, you get rid of that deduction as well. So you can give it to somebody who’s already gotten an $11 million deduction on the estate tax.”

Larson called the process of writing the bill “outrageous.”



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