senator Bernie Sanders, Senate budget committee chairman said the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill would be “the most momentous legislation for workers, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal from the 1930s “.
“It will also put the United States in a position of global leadership to combat climate change and make our planet healthy and livable for future generations,” Sanders said in a statement.
“Furthermore, and most importantly, this legislation will create millions of high-paying jobs as we address the needs of long-neglected working families and save the planet.”
Sanders acknowledged that the bill will likely pass without any Republican support, but pre-emptively dismissed any criticism of a party line vote by noting how Republicans used the filibuster to pass tax cuts during Donald trumppresidency.
“Today, with the Democrats in control of the Senate, we will use reconciliation to benefit the working class, not the billionaire class,” Sanders said.
“For too many decades, Congress has ignored the needs of the working class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. Now is the time to take bold action. Now is the time to restore faith in ordinary Americans that their government can work for them, and not just wealthy campaign contributors. “