Bernie Sanders: Dems will use reconciliation to pass Covid relief ‘as soon as we possibly can’

“Yes, I criticized her for it. And if you want to criticize me for helping to feed hungry children or seniors in this country who are isolated and alone and do not have enough to eat, you can criticize me, ”said Sanders.

Budget reconciliation is sometimes used for certain tax, spending, and debt limit calculations to reconcile disparate House and Senate laws – a process that is effective in preventing a legislative filibuster in the Senate.

Sanders said Democrats could not “wait weeks and weeks and months and months to move forward” on President Joe Biden’s proposed $ 1.9 trillion bailout package that Republicans opposed early on and vowed not to get 60 votes. When asked about the bill’s enforcement schedule, Sanders said, “As soon as possible.”

Sanders noted that President Donald Trump’s Republicans used reconciliation in 2017 to repeal Obamacare and again approve major tax cuts.

“You did it, we will do it, but we will do it to protect common people, not just the rich and powerful,” he said.

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