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 SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court 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 RubioGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads What the gun safety debate says about Washington Trump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China MORE (R-Fla.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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.