Earlier this week, Congress finalized a plan to overhaul the entire U.S. tax code.
The congressional majority has rushed the plan through Congress with hardly any time to discuss the ways it will affect the lives of their constituents. Republican majorities in the House and Senate passed bills without a single hearing and without a single vote from the other side of the aisle. The Senate bill was being drafted for weeks, but the text of the final bill wasn’t released until the evening of Friday, Nov. 30. Members of the Senate minority had mere hours to review a 479-page bill—with handwritten changes scrawled in the margins—before it was voted on at 2am. Even before members of the House and Senate met in a conference committee to reconcile differences between the two bills, majority leaders had already reached an agreement on key provisions of the bill.This article was originally published in Into.