Rosie O’Donnell said she would give $2 million to senators to vote against tax bill

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Tuesday night, Rosie O’Donnell presented Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) with a proposition: $2 million of O’Donnell’s money to vote against the hastily-passed tax reform bill.

Collins was one of a handful of senators who remained on the fence about the new bill until the last minute, ultimately voting in its favor. It seems O’Donnell was hoping during a revote Wednesday, Collins might be persuaded to change her tune.

The bill in question stirred up criticism from both sides of the aisle for offering huge tax cuts to major corporations, slashing medical expense deductions, and being put to vote too quickly for everyone to read it thoroughly. Still, the Senate voted to pass it 51-48 Tuesday.

Because some last-minute edits were needed, there was still the prospect of a revote Wednesday. If just a couple senators had changed their mind, the bill would not have been able to graduate to the president’s desk and become law.

O’Donnell apparently decided to try and tip the scales a bit by putting her money where her tweets are. Piggybacking off one person’s request that Collins consider her “legacy” Tuesday night, O’Donnell cut to the numbers.

“Susan – 2 million dollars cash,” the SMILF star wrote. “Call if u want to negotiate.”

O’Donnell made the same offer to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

It probably goes without saying, but offering money to a lawmaker in exchange for voting a particular way is illegal, so we’ll assume O’Donnell was kidding.

The bill gained Senate approval again Wednesday afternoon.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.