Rosie O'Donnell Offers Senators Cash To Reject Tax Bill

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Comedian and actress Rosie O'Donnell offered to pay Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine $2 million each if they voted against the tax reform bill before the Senate on Dec. 19. 

"So how about this, i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator Susan Collins and 2 million to senator Jeff Flake if they vote NO," tweeted O'Donnell late night on Dec. 19. "NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER RICH. DM me Susan. DM me Jeff. No s**t, 2 million, cash, each." 

The tax reform bill was ultimately approved by the Senate in the early hours of Dec. 20 with the support of all present Republican senators, including Flake and Collins, according to The Washington Post. The House passed the bill on Dec. 19, but is required to vote on it again due to a procedural snag. The bill is expected to pass the House again before being sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. 

Before the final vote in the Senate, O'Donnell again tried to sway Collins' vote with a tweet repeating her offer and asking if Collins' family was proud of her. 

"Woman-mother-grandmother-sister-daughter, u have betrayed us all," O'Donnell tweeted. "Dear god ask for forgiveness, redeem ur soul tomorrow." 

The tax reform bill will lower income tax for the majority of U.S. households, although the bulk of the bill's tax relief will go to the wealthy, according to The Washington Post. Once signed, the bill will be the largest Republican accomplishment of the Trump administration. 

The bill faced opposition from congressional Democrats and liberal activists, such as O'Donnell. Since Trump's election, O'Donnell has loudly called for "resistance" to his policies and the Republican agenda. The two have feuded since 2006 over various issues before Trump entered politics, notes CNN. O'Donnell has been extremely critical of Trump on social media and in February traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest the president's first joint address to Congress.

If O'Donnell's attempt to influence Flake and Collins were serious, then she may have committed a crime, according to the New York Daily News. Offering public officials money to influence an official act is illegal under federal law and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

On Dec. 20, hours after the tax bill passed the Senate, O'Donnell tweeted a quote from Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi. 

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win," she tweeted.

Sources: Rosie O'Donnell/Twitter (2, 3), CNN, The Washington Post, New York Daily News / Featured Image: Pexels / Embedded Images: Chris Potter/ccpixs, Martin Falbisoner/Wikimedia Commons

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