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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' On The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling MORE (I-Vt.) is pushing back on President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE'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 TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Chuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE 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.