Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a delay on the vote of the Republican tax bill until Senator-Elect Doug Jones is seated in the Senate. Schumer said, in a press conference, Wednesday, that was reported on by The Hill, “We Senate Democrats are calling on Mitch McConnell to hit pause on his tax bill and not hold a final vote until Doug Jones is sworn in to the Senate.” He also said, “It would be wrong for Senate Republicans to jam through this tax bill without giving the newly elected senator from Alabama the opportunity to cast his vote.” He went on to say, “It was not simply Roy Moore’s conduct. … There’s a great discontent about the way Donald Trump has conducted his presidency. And there’s a great deal of discontent about the policies the Republicans are pursuing.”
The state of Alabama will certify the results between December 27-29, depending on the counties being on time with their results. This means it could be sometime in January before Jones is seated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Senator Luther Strange, who Jones is replacing, will stay on through the current session. Senator Schumer’s demand for a delay does raise a question. Should any vote on the tax bill be delayed until Doug Jones is seated?
Newsy video about the effect Jones could have on the tax bill:
Should the vote on the tax bill be delayed until Doug Jones is seated? Have the Republicans made a promise to the American people and they need to keep it? Or, should the man who was elected, not appointed, be the one to cast the final vote on the bill?