Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Dems should have been 'begging' to participate in tax reform

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized Democrats early Tuesday for refusing to participate in the GOP's effort to reform the tax code, saying that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE would have "welcomed" their input.

Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Sanders said Trump said many times that he was willing to work Democrats and invited them to the White House on several occasions.

"This is a president who would’ve been happy to take their call and certainly happy to have their vote, to help Americans have more money in their paychecks, more money in their pockets, more money for businesses to reinvest in this country," Sanders said. 


"That’s something that Democrats shouldn’t need to be begged to be a part of. They should’ve been begging and banging down the door of the building behind me to be part of this process and to be part of helping more Americans be more successful."

The GOP tax bill passed the Senate in a late-night vote in early December with no Democratic votes and one Republican defection, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Tenn.).

On Tuesday, the House and Senate plan to vote again on the bill, which has undergone changes in the reconciliation process between the two chambers of Congress.

“It’s a huge deal, but not just for the White House, but it’s a huge deal for America," Sanders said. "This is something we’ve seen just talking about it has been a major boost to our economy."

"Today is a huge day, not just for the White House, not just for Congress, but most importantly for America, especially middle class Americans who are going to see the biggest benefit out of this tax package,” she added.

The Democratic National Committee pushed back on Sanders’s comments later in the day.

“That could not be further from the truth. The reality is that the richest Americans would see the biggest benefits, while the middle class would face tax increases,” it said in a statement.

Every Republican senator in attendance Tuesday is expected to vote for the bill, which still has no Democratic support. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech MORE (R-Ariz.) is expected to miss Tuesday's vote due to medical issues.

This report was updated at 11:40 a.m.