Socialist Sanders Admits Dems Facing Disaster In 2022

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 25 January 2022 16:45
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recognizing the upcoming 2022 midterms could end in a regained GOP majority in the Senate, announced Sunday that Republicans are "laughing all the way to Election Day," as President Biden's expectancies of passing election reform and spending packages have stalled in the upper chamber.

"What has bothered me very much is that the Republicans are laughing all the way to Election Day," Sanders announced on CNN's "State of the Union," acknowledging Biden's $1.7 trillion social spending and climate package failed to pass the Senate, currently split 50-50 along party lines. "They have not had to cast one bloody vote … and we have got the chance to do that."

After weeks of negotiations, two Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, decided not to support the legislation, and in doing so, Sanders claimed they "sabotaged the President's effort to address the needs of working families in this country."

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"It's not only those two," Sanders told CNN host Dana Bash. "It is 50 Republicans who have been adamant not only in pushing an anti-Democratic agenda but also opposing our efforts to try to lower the costs of prescription drugs, trying to expand Medicare to include dental, hearing and eyeglasses, to improve the disastrous situation in home health care, in child care, to address the existential threat of climate change. You got 50 Republicans who don't want to do anything, except criticize the President."

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After closed-door negotiations failed, Sanders suggested putting each policy issue on the Senate floor up for a vote and then crafting legislation about parts of the Democratic agenda that can pass.

"We have allowed the Republicans to get away with murder. They haven't had to vote on anything," Sanders explained, claiming he's confident he could get 50 or more votes in favor of some matters in the package. "I think there is widespread understanding that what we have done for the last six months has failed from a policy point of view. It has failed politically. We need to change course. We need to have the courage to take on the Republicans and let Manchin and Sinema decide which side they are on."

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Sanders also announced that he agreed with the Arizona Democratic Party's conclusion Saturday to formally censure Sinema for refusing to roll back the Senate filibuster in order to pass major voting rights reforms.

Sinema's office has announced she still backs voting rights legislation, though has claimed that preserving the 60-vote threshold in the Senate is essential to protect against wild policy swings.

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