WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHJG/WECP) - Republican lawmakers joined President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their largest legislative achievement of 2017 in a public ceremony spotlighting the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax system in more than 30 years.
Among those lawmakers was Representative Neal Dunn (FL-2), who says the celebration was an emotional one for many.
"There are people who spoke there that were working on tax reform their whole professional life," Dunn said. "It's really a dramatic occasion."
Dunn says the single most important part of the legislation is that in the long run, it helps America's children and grandchildren.
"This gives them something that they didn't dare hope for before, which is a great economy, in which there will be jobs, there will be opportunity, there's possibilities for literally a whole new generation or two of Americans," said Dunn.
The bill passed the House a second time earlier Wednesday 224-201, with no Democrats backing it and a dozen House GOP members voting "no." The measure now heads to the President's desk for his signature.
But on the other side of the aisle, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference about the passage of the tax bill.
"There are only two places where America is popping champagne — the White House and the corporate boardrooms, including Trump Tower. Otherwise, Americans have a lot to regret," Schumer said.
Dunn responded to the Democrat Senate Minority Leader's comments.
"Well, I have hundreds of emails from my friends, acquaintances, and emails from people who I don't know back in the district who are not big businesses or corporations, they're mostly small businessmen, and they are deeply grateful," Rep. Dunn said. "You hear things from people [like Schumer] who say things that just aren't true. The most cursory inspection of this bill reveals that is actually a tax cut."
The bill will not be signed by the President on Wednesday, as it's not "enrolled" yet -- the formal term for when a final copy of a bill passed by both houses of Congress is sent to the White House.