Sanders sees battle for America’s soul playing out in Congress

Sanders had harsh words for Republicans, whom he called “bought and paid,” and for lobbying interests that fought against the progressive priorities built into the $ 3.5 trillion bill.

“One poll after another shows that what we do is exactly what the American people want. It’s not what the big money interests want, not what the lobbyists want. It is what the American people want and we have to do it, ”Sanders said.

The Vermont Senator also said he understands that there is “a certain give and take” in the legislation, and he agrees with Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va) – one of the leading critics of Democratic spending plans – that everything is so should be paid for.

“I want it to be paid for, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do, and when it’s $ 3.5 trillion we can pay for it because, as everyone knows, you have some of the richest people in this country.” not pay a cent in federal income tax in any given year. Large corporations do not pay nickel in federal income tax. So if Manchin wants to pay for it, I’ll be there, ”he said.

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