BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers are criticizing the Republican tax bill, saying it will add to the federal deficit and lead to cuts in programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

The Burlington Free Press reports Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch voiced their opposition to the bill the House passed Wednesday.

Leahy called the process leading to the bill "fundamentally flawed," and he says the final version is full of "special interest giveaways."

Sanders shared his sentiment, saying 60 percent of the benefits will go toward the rich by 2027.

Welch says the bill will not make America competitive as it includes a lower tax rate for companies that send jobs abroad.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill at a later date.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com