Despite some protest and boos, the Senate narrowly passed the legislation for tax reform on a party-line 51-48 vote shortly after midnight Dec. 20, 2017. Protesters interrupted with chants of "kill the bill, don't kill us" and Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for order. Upon passage, Republicans cheered. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted Americans would respond positively to the tax bill. "If we can't sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work," he said.
Protesters gathered at the Russell Senate Building in Capitol Hill on December 18 to protest the Republican Party’s tax-reform bill. More than 100 people took part in the protest against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to the Washington Post. A mass die-in was also staged before the demonstration was continued outside the building. This footage is described as showing several of the protesters in handcuffs outside the Capitol.
Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. Moore, meanwhile, refused to concede and raised the possibility of a recount during a brief appearance at a sombre campaign party in Montgomery. "It's not over," Moore said. He added, "We know that God is still in control."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says President Donald Trump's latest tweet about her on Dec. 12, 2017 was a "sexist smear" aimed at silencing her voice. The New York Democrat says she won't be silenced on the issue of sexual harassment.
Inspired by the #MeToo movement and the fall of Harvey Weinstein, three women who previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault and harassment have now called on Congress to open an investigation into the president. Trump faced dozens of allegations of sexual-misconduct, which he has denied.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he would resign following allegations from at least eight women of sexual misconduct, but did not give a specific date. He also noted the "irony" that Trump was still in office after he "bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault."
A Donald Trump-supporting political action committee sent a 12-year-old girl to interview Roy Moore in a set of videos that were first released on December 2. Jennifer Lawrence, from the PAC, says in one recap video they wanted to bring Millie March to show there is a “wide range of people who support Judge Roy Moore.” March, whom Lawrence says has appeared in other videos from the PAC, interviewed Moore and his campaign manager in the videos shared by the group. In the interview, Moore said he supported Trump’s proposed border wall and believes the military could be used to enforce the border. He also says the income tax should be eliminated and consumption should be taxed instead. The interview spans about two minutes and 30 seconds.
Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman from California, walked out of a moment of silence in Congress for the victims of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 churchgoers dead and 20 more injured. He told people why on Facebook Live on Nov. 6, 2017.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee strongly defended President Trump’s firing of James Comey, and refused to discuss his confidential conversations with the President.