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Bernie Sanders Says Senate Dems Could Use Reconciliation to Pass Pandemic Relief

HeadlineJan 25, 2021

President Biden signed more executive orders Friday to expand food assistance and to move toward raising federal wages to $15 an hour. Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders said the Senate will move to quickly pass an economic recovery package, bypassing Republican approval if necessary.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Reconciliation, which is a Senate rule, was used by the Republicans, under Trump, to pass massive tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. It was used as an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And what we are saying is, 'You used it for that. That's fine. We’re going to use reconciliation — that is, 50 votes in the Senate plus the vice president — to pass legislation desperately needed by working families.”

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