Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California criticized the Republicans on Dec. 19 after the House voted 227-203 to pass tax reform legislation.
The Senate is due to vote on the measure later Dec. 19, meaning President Donald Trump could be able to sign the bill into law before the end of 2017. This would give Republicans their first major legislative victory under Trump.
"There are few things more disturbing than hearing the swell of cheers from the House GOP as they raise taxes on 86 million middle class families," tweeted Pelosi, who included the hashtag #GOPTaxScam, reports The Hill.
On the floor of the House, Pelosi labeled the legislation "brazen theft."
"Shamefully, Republicans were cheering against the children as they rob from their future and ransack the middle class to reward the rich," she added on her Twitter post.
Pelosi cited a study by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that found that 86 million Americans would be paying higher taxes by 2027 under the new plan. The study also suggested that 83 percent of the benefits would go to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.
Fox News described the changes as the biggest tax rewrite since the Reagan administration. The package includes tax cuts amounting to $1.5 trillion.
Corporate taxes will drop from 35 percent to 21 percent, while the standard deduction used by roughly two-thirds of households would be doubled.
The legislation will also eliminate the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate provision, which requires everyone to purchase health insurance or face a fine.
"Today, we are giving the people of this country their money back," stated Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Fox News reported.
At a news conference before the House vote, Ryan said all families would benefit from the changes.
"This is real relief, and people are going to see this in their paychecks before too long," added Ryan.
In a tweet Dec. 19, Trump described the legislation as the "biggest tax cuts and reform ever passed," ABC News reported.
Twelve House Republicans defected to vote with the Democrats against the bill. But the GOP believes it has convinced all doubters in the Senate to back the measure. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah confirmed late Dec. 18 they planned to back the bill.
Republican Rep. Peter King of New York indicated that some Republican voters are less enthusiastic about the tax reform.
"People who voted for Trump are very disappointed," King said on Dec. 18, according to ABC News. "It's certainly unpopular in my district. That's all I'm hearing from Republicans."