Rosie O’Donnell sent out a flurry of tweets late Tuesday night – offering Republican senators $2million in cash in exchange for a ‘no’ vote on Trump’s tax reform bill.
‘So how about this, I promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake if they vote NO’ the comedian desperately wrote on Twitter.
‘NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER [super] RICH. No s*** 2 million cash each’ she wrote, telling the lawmakers to send her a direct message on Twitter if they were interested in negotiating.
The bribery didn’t work, though, as Senate Republicans managed to push through the new tax bill by a narrow and last minute margin of 51-48.
It’s also a felony to offer money to a politician to influence acts such as voting on a bill -though O’Donnell may not know that, or may have meant the offer as a joke.
About 10 minutes after the first tweet, O’Donnell wrote out another plea to Senator Collins in an attempt to appeal to Collins’ feminine side.
‘Do u (sic) think your family is proud of u (sic) @sennatorcollins,’ she tweeted, again renewing the offer for $2million to the Maine Republican in exchange for a no vote.
‘woman – mother – grandmother – sister – daughter u have betrayed us all,’ she wrote.
‘Dear god, ask for forgiveness, redeem ur (sic) soul tomorrow #NOTSEXIST.’
O’Donnell also attached a photo of Senator Collins spending time with her family and celebrating her father’s 90th birthday.
Collins seems not to have listened to Rosie’s pleas – though that could be because the former co-host of The View used a misspelled twitter handle.
Both Collins and Flake voted for the bill – which has been roundly criticized as a major cut for the wealthy but an increase for the middle class.
The bill was also passed by the House – but representatives have to vote again Wednesday because of two provisions Senate said didn’t comply with budget rules.
‘The United States Senate just passed the biggest in history Tax Cut and Reform Bill,’ Trump tweeted just after 1:00 in the morning. ‘Terrible Individual Mandate (ObamaCare)Repealed. Goes to the House tomorrow morning for a final vote.’
With a final House vote not expected until around lunchtime, the White House announced that Trump would hold a ‘bill passage event.’ The president will have to sign the bill later.
House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted: ‘Great news. The Senate just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. After years of work, we are going to enact the most sweeping, pro-growth overhaul of our tax code in a generation.’
A wave of protesters provided one of the biggest bursts of emotion. One small group yelled out ‘Kill the bill, don’t kill us!’ as the final vote was being taken.
‘The Sergeant at Arms will restore order in the gallery,’ said Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber.
Pence’s appearance was a flourish that put him in the spotlight – though party leaders knew in advance his potential tie-breaking vote was not needed.
One protester yelled at GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, ‘Have you no shame?’
Flake voted for the bill, weeks after warning colleagues against complicity with Trump.
Zero Senate Democrats voted for the bill.
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