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US Senator Jon Tester tweeted that he was handed the 479 page tax bill with illegible hand scribbled changes hours before the vote: “I was just handed a 479-page tax bill a few hours before the vote. One page literally has hand scribbled policy changes on it that can’t be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better.

[Blogger note: Looks like it is “attributable” but one can’t be sure and it is improper regardless.]




Screen captures from the twitter video found below. Photos not in order of video, but of importance.

Senator Jon Tester
@SenatorTester
I was just handed a 479-page tax bill a few hours before the vote. One page literally has hand scribbled policy changes on it that can’t be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better.

https://twitter.com/senatortester?lang=en

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NOV 30, 2017
AS DEBATE ON TAX BILL CONTINUES, TESTER REMAINS CONCERNED ABOUT NATIONAL DEBT
Senator Offers Amendment to Eliminate Deficit Spending
(U.S. Senate)—As the debate on a tax bill in the U.S. Senate extends into Friday, U.S. Senator Jon Tester remains concerned about the proposal’s impact on the national debt and future generations:

“I can’t support the Senate bill as it stands today because adding over a trillion dollars to the deficit is irresponsible to future generations.

It is my hope that we can work together on a bipartisan solution that prioritizes hard-working Montanans, provides relief to small businesses, and doesn’t saddle our kids and grandkids with more crushing debt.

”

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation today announced [1] that the current version of the Senate tax bill would add $1 trillion to the national deficit even after any potential resulting economic growth is accounted for.

The Joint Committee on Taxation report directly contradicts the claim that the tax bill will pay for itself.



During the floor debate Thursday evening, Tester sponsored an amendment that would have sent the bill back to the Senate Finance Committee and require that it be re-written to ensure that it doesn’t add to the deficit over the next 10 years. Tester’s amendment was opposed 52-48 on a party line vote.

Debate on the bill is scheduled to resume at 9:00 a.m. MDT on Friday.
[1] http://www.crfb.org/blogs/official-dynamic-score-shows-senate-tax-bill-will-still-cost-over-1-trillion
https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5650 (Emphasis our own.)

Senator Jon Tester is third-generation Montana farmer, a proud grandfather and a former school teacher who has deep roots in hard work, responsibility and accountability.https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=biography

Emphasis our own throughout.