Sanders: Democrats have been 'completely shut out' of tax reform

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations Americans need an economy that supports more than the 1 percent MORE (I-Vt.) is pushing back on President Trump's claim that Democrats have been obstructionists on tax reform, saying on Sunday that Democrats have been shut out of the process. 

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"Democrats have been completely shut out of this process just as they've been shut out of the health-care legislation process," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." 

Sanders was referring to a tweet from Trump on Friday, when the president accused Democrats of being "obstructionists" during the tax-reform process. 

 

Sanders called the tweet "total nonsense."

"What this legislation is about is fulfilling the promises, Republican promises, made to wealthy campaign contributors. There is a reason why the billionaire class provides hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Republicans, and now it's payback time," the senator said. 

Sanders's comments come as Republicans inch closer to passing tax legislation, which would mark their first major legislative victory of the year. 

The Senate legislation cleared a party-line vote in the Senate Finance Committee last Thursday — the same day that House Republicans approved their version of the tax-reform legislation.