Democrats Just Accused House Republicans Of Using Shady “Putin Rules” To Subvert Democracy

Republicans are still desperate to get at least one legislative victory under their belt during the Trump era. After failing to repeal Obamacare, they’ve set their beady eyes firmly on a regressive tax bill.

They’re pushing hard to pass massive tax cuts for the superwealthy by burdening the middle class with crushing tax increases. It’s classic GOP robber baron economics, and it will skyrocket the deficit and tank the global economy.

In case the Republican goals themselves weren’t bad enough, they’ve also made sure to choose the most underhanded method imaginable to accomplish them. Republicans are refusing to show Democrats the most recent changes to legislation, stating that they’ll just have to wait until the end of the week to see.

The GOP is crafting in darkness a bill that will completely reorder the American economy, without any input from the other side. If Democrats had so much as entertained the thought of attempting something like this during the Obama era Republicans would have cried bloody murder and taken to the streets in rage. It’s another clear indication that the Republicans are constantly making their arguments in bad faith.

Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo reported via Twitter that Republicans are employing something that Democrats are referring to as “Putin rules,” invoking the criminal strongman’s penchant for quashing dissent and giving handouts to his oligarch mobster buddies. The GOP is blocking Democrats from voting on motions to delay.

Ollstein reports that Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means is the one telling Democrats they’ll have to wait to see the tax bill. She adds that Democrats could be blocked from offering amendments.

The worst habits of the Republican Party have been exacerbated under Trump, and this push to concoct a major piece of legislation in secrecy demonstrates just how little they care about open and honest discourse. They know their bill is terrible, the changes probably make it worse, and they’re embarrassed to put it out in the open where everyone can see.

Call your Representatives and demand they reject this legislative attack on the middle class.

Add your name to millions demanding Congress take action on the President’s crimes. IMPEACH TRUMP & PENCE!

Robert Haffey

Rob Haffey is a graduate of Drexel University and the winner of the ScreenCraft Fellowship.

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