The Senate has moved ahead with its first vote on a tax bill since President Donald Trump took office, with Democrats saying it’s a “historic day” for the country.
But while Democrats cheered the vote, the House of Representatives was far more divided.
The House voted Wednesday to approve a $1 trillion tax bill that passed the House last month with the support of Democrats and a handful of Republicans, including the president.
Democrats, however, said the legislation doesn’t do enough to help struggling Americans and that it was unfair for people in the middle class to pay a higher rate.
Republicans voted against the bill, saying it would have an impact on the deficit and hurting small businesses.
The legislation also would have a large tax cut for wealthy people, which Democrats said was the GOP’s goal.
The bill passed the Senate with just one Republican vote.
Democrats are demanding a higher minimum wage and raising the age for tax-free tuition to 17 for middle-class students.
The Senate bill would keep the minimum wage at $7.25 per hour.
The White House has said that while it wants to get the tax bill passed, Republicans will need to do more to pay for it.
The president said in a statement Wednesday that Democrats want to impose “massive tax hikes” on middle-income families.
The legislation also includes $10 billion for infrastructure, including money for the construction of high-speed broadband networks in communities that have been hit hard by the hurricanes, the White House said.
The bill also includes funding to pay down the national debt, which would be more than $20 trillion.