State­ment of Sen. Bernie San­ders on Why He Will Op­pose the Deficit-re­duc­tion Pro­posal

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Wash­ing­ton, DC

– Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) to­day is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment on why he plans to vote against a deficit-re­duc­tion deal pro­posed by the White House and con­gres­sional lead­ers:

“The wealth­i­est peo­ple in this coun­try and the largest cor­po­ra­tions who are do­ing phe­nom­e­nally well to­day are not be­ing asked to con­trib­ute one penny in shared sac­ri­fice to­ward deficit re­duc­tion. On the other hand, mid­dle-class and work­ing fam­i­lies who are suf­fer­ing ter­ri­bly in the midst of this hor­ri­ble re­ces­sion are be­ing asked to shoul­der 100 per­cent of the hu­man cost of low­er­ing our deficit. This is not only grossly un­fair, it is bad eco­nomic pol­icy.

“This two-part deficit-re­duc­tion leg­is­la­tion is com­pli­cated, and it is im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict ex­actly which pro­grams will be cut and by how much be­cause the process re­quires ac­tion by ap­pro­pri­a­tion com­mit­tees and a new su­per com­mit­tee in months to come.

“But it is very clear that there will be dev­as­tat­ing cuts to ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, Head Start and child care, LIHEAP, com­mu­nity health cen­ters, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, affordable hous­ing and many, many other pro­grams. I am also con­cerned that when we hear that ‘ev­ery­thing is on the ta­ble’ in terms of what this su­per com­mit­tee deals with it will cer­tainly in­clude dev­as­tat­ing cuts to So­cial Se­cu­rity, Medi­care, Med­i­caid and vet­er­ans’ needs, while pro­tect­ing the in­ter­ests of the wealthy and large cor­po­ra­tions.

“This coun­try needs deficit re­duc­tion, but we need to do it in a way that is fair and which will re­sult in eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation. This pro­posal does nei­ther and I will op­pose it.”

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