Sanders rips final GOP tax bill: It's a moral 'obscenity'

Sanders rips final GOP tax bill: It's a moral 'obscenity'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE (I-Vt.) slammed the GOP tax bill moments after Republicans released the final version.

In a tweet, Sanders called the bill a “moral and economic obscenity” and urged his colleagues not to vote to pass it.

“This tax bill is a moral and economic obscenity,” Sanders tweeted. “It is a gift to wealthy Republican campaign contributors and an insult to the working families of our country. No member of Congress should vote for this disastrous legislation.”

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Republicans announced Friday that they would have the votes to pass the bill after Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPress: How 'Nervous Nancy' trumped Trump Press: How 'Nervous Nancy' trumped Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Tenn.) both said they would vote “yes.”

The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill early next week, with a goal to send the legislation to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE’s desk by Christmas.

Sanders, along with other Democrats, has been a vocal critic of the bill, arguing that it primarily benefits wealthy Americans and corporations while hurting middle- and low-income taxpayers.

"By lowering tax rates, simplifying the rigged and burdensome tax code and repealing the failed tax on lower- and middle-income households known as the ObamaCare individual mandate, this legislation will grow our economy, raise wages and promote economic competitiveness," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday, following the release of the final text.

— Updated 6:35 p.m.