WATCH: Senate Proceeding Erupts as Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown Throw Down Over Tax Bill
During a Senate committee meeting Thursday evening over the GOP tax bill, two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — acted as if they wanted to get into a steel cage to settle their differences.
In an absolutely vicious back-and-forth, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) straight up lit into each other as emotions ran high over the highly criticized and largely unpopular tax proposal.
Hatch got things going by disputing that Republicans’ tax reform legislation was nothing more than a giveaway to the wealthy and corporations, highlighting that he comes from working-class stock.
“I come from the poor people, and I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance,” Hatch shouted at Brown. “And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break. I think you guys over play that all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.”
As Hatch continued to tell the Ohio lawmaker he was “sick and tired of it,” Brown shot back that he was sick of seeing the wealthiest get “richer and richer” while the middle-class doesn’t benefit.
“How many times do we do this before you learn this?!” Brown exclaimed.
The Utah Republican countered that he let Brown “spout off” but what his colleague said wasn’t right. “I come from the lower-middle class originally — we didn’t have anything,” Hatch yelled. “So don’t spew that stuff on me — I get a little tired of that crap!”
Hatch went on to say that he has a reputation of having worked on both sides of the aisle to get legislation passed, leading Brown to ask why they couldn’t start with CHIP. (The federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired on Sept. 30.)
“I’m not starting with CHIP,” Hatch responded. “I’ve done it for years. I’ve got more bills passed than everybody on this committee put together. And they’ve been passed for the benefit of people in this country.”
He continued, “Now, all I can say is I like you personally very much, but I’m telling you, this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while and do it right at the end of this is just not right. And I just — it takes a lot to get me worked up like this.”
Get these guys in the ring!
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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