UPDATE: Democrats are arguing that three provisions of the tax bill violate Senate rules. If true, the House will have to vote again once it's approved by the Senate.
BREAKING: Democrats say 3 provisions in GOP tax bill violate Senate rules and will be removed, forcing House to revote Wednesday.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 19, 2017
UPDATE: President Trump has congratulated the GOP on its successful vote.
Congratulations to Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Brady, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and all great House Republicans who voted in favor of cutting your taxes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2017
The House of Representatives has passed the GOP tax bill by a vote of 227 to 203.
"This is a day I have been looking forward to for a long time," House Speaker Paul Ryan said ahead of the vote, praising his colleagues for efforts, especially Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady. "Today we are giving the people of this country their money back."
Ryan's remarks were interrupted by hecklers at one point, before he continued to explain the GOP plan's benefits.
For years, the powers-that-be in Washington have told you: just hand over more freedom to unelected bureaucrats, and it will be okay. There’s your scam right there. Republicans know, given the opportunity, there are no limits to what Americans can do. pic.twitter.com/u2zJTFFjSu— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 19, 2017
The $1.5 trillion plan nearly doubles the standard deduction for taxpayers, and lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. Every Democrat voted against it, as did the following 12 Republicans.
Critics say the plan unfairly benefits the rich. Yet, even left leaning organizations admit that the plan will usher in tax cuts for 80 percent of the American people. The average tax cut will be $1,600.
Protesters who showed up to the vote could be heard chanting, "kill the bill, don't kill us."
WATCH: Protesters in the House gallery briefly disrupt tax bill debate before vote: "Kill the bill, don't kill us!" pic.twitter.com/jQtWDdnkYs— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 19, 2017
One angry woman apparently took her top off.
House protesters gone wild: woman takes her top off in the gallery of the House protesting tax vote.— Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) December 19, 2017
Not your typical day on Capitol Hill.
Some, like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, didn't even bat an eye when they called it "armaggedon." She revisited that same narrative on Tuesday, saying the tax reform bill introduced by the Republicans was the "worst bill" she's ever seen on the House floor. Former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee said the bill was equal to getting away with murder, noting that the bill's benefits are not permanent.
Because Americans have been "bamboozled" (as Guy put it) into believing these falsehoods, it can account for why a new Monmouth poll showed only 26 percent of Americans approve of the tax reform plan.
New Monmouth poll on the GOP tax plan:— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 18, 2017
If the tax plan becomes law, Americans think their taxes will:
50% Go up
14% Go down
25% Stay the samehttps://t.co/EFrifF2mHD
Next stop: the Senate.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) surprised colleagues last week when he said he couldn't support the bill in its current form because he wasn't satisfied with the child tax credit. His plea was heard - the refundable portion of child tax credit went from $1,100 to $1,400. Rubio called it a solid step forward and announced he was now on board.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will not be present for the vote because he is seeking treatment for brain cancer.
Still, the plan is expected to pass because the Republicans can afford to lose two votes. Three even, with Vice President Mike Pence sweeping in for the deciding vote.