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Around 200 protesting tax reform bills crowd Washington Square Park

A large crowd packed Washington Square Park Sunday afternoon, rallying against proposed tax reform one day after the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bill.

Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - A large crowd packed Washington Square Park Sunday afternoon, rallying against proposed tax reform one day after the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bill.

The bill passed 51-49, with no Democrats voting for the bill. This, after Congress passed its own tax reform bill which differs from the Senate's version.

Some at the rally were upset with how the Senate's version was submitted, and later passed. The 479-page bill was riddled with writing along many of the margins, and was passed early Saturday morning while most of America was asleep.

"I think they are putting us in a position that's a detrimental thing for our society overall," said Chris Lawson. "They are just pushing this through in the middle of the night, without proper analysis for proper reform."

Although the senate's tax reform version would benefit college students more than Congress' version, many are concerned about the end product ultimately going before President Trump for approval could greatly impact college students, especially those with student loans.

"It's a huge concern for all my friends who are going through that right now," said Heather Neu, who spoke at the rally. "It's incredibly difficult to get a job without a higher degree, and this would make the obstacle of getting that even greater."

Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle also spoke at the event. Among his biggest concerns, tax reforms potential impact on education.

"It's going to hurt this area more than most because education is so important," said Moehle.

Ultimately, the crowd's concern was the tax reform bills would leave the lower and middle classes behind.

"You see their intention is to favor the very, very upper class," said Moehle.

Despite push-back in Washington and around the nation, Republican leadership maintains the tax reform bills are going to help Americans, particularly the middle class.

"The fact of the matter is the average family of four would get about 2,200 dollars a year in tax relief and that's pretty darn important," said Sen. Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY), during a press conference in Washington.

The House and Senate will now meet to work out differences among the two bills. Republicans are hopeful to have a final tax reform bill ready for President Trump's approval before Christmas.





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