By MARK KANE/Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The White House has moved quickly to make good on President Donald Trump’s promise to end Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s majority.
Trump fired off a tweet Saturday morning congratulating Sen. Chuck Schumer and his Democratic allies for the success of a sweeping tax bill, saying that he had been told that they were going to make a big deal of it.
The tweet was a direct response to Schumer’s criticism of the tax plan, which the White House said it is considering to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Schumer has been a thorn in the side of Trump since the Senate passed its version of the bill in June.
He’s called the legislation “disastrous” and a “gift to the 1%” and said that Republicans should get a break on taxes, which he said will be paid for by cutting the corporate tax rate to 15% and slashing the estate tax.
Schumers office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White’s Twitter account posted a statement on Sunday saying that Schumer is “on track to be confirmed as Senate minority leader, the highest ranking Democrat in the chamber.”
Schumer said Saturday he would vote against the legislation, saying it was “a bad bill that will do nothing to fix our economy.”
The Senate Finance Committee voted 11-6 Saturday to advance the bill to the full Senate, which is expected to take up the legislation next week.
The bill passed the House in May by a vote of 215-205, with all 50 Republicans voting for it.