Bernie Sanders Warns Republicans ‘Will Win’ In 2022 Midterms If Democrats Don’t Act Aggressively On Stimulus Now

1/24/2021 7:05:00 PM

Sanders is prepared to use a special Senate budget process to pass relief legislation without any GOP buy-in.

, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he believes Democrats must act on stimulus now—even if it means cutting Republicans out of the process—to deliver aid to American families, uphold campaign promises and prevent the loss of the Senate and House in 2022.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leaves the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on January 1, 2021 in... [+]Getty ImagesKey FactsAs head of the powerful Budget Committee, Sanders will be able to shepherd relief legislation through the Senate using a special process called budget reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority of votes to pass (50 Democrats plus Vice President Harris’ tie-breaking vote) rather than the 60 votes required under normal rules. 

In an interview on CNN’sState of the Union,Sanders said reconciliation is the “appropriate step forward” to pass Democrats’ sweeping stimulus priorities, which include another round of stimulus checks, a further expansion of federal supplemental unemployment insurance, a major expansion of the child tax credit, rental relief, student loan relief, a $15 national minimum wage, and more.

Using reconciliation would circumvent Republican opposition and ensure Democrats' priorities make it into law, but it could also damage Biden’s aspirations to foster bipartisanship. Sanders said he is willing to work with Republicans on the legislation but added that lawmakers cannot “wait weeks and weeks and months to go forward.”

He warned that if Democrats cannot act quickly to deliver the relief legislation they promised in the last election cycle, the party will face severe consequences in the 2022 midterm elections.  Crucial Quote“If [Democrats] do not respond now,” Sanders said, “I believe two years from now Republicans will say, ‘hey, you elected these guys, they did nothing, vote for us.’ And they will win.” 

Key BackgroundPresident Biden has said repeatedly that his first choice is not to use reconciliation but instead to craft a bipartisan bill. That strategy will require at least ten Republicans to sign on, and Biden’s economic advisors will meet with a bipartisan group of centrist senators on Sunday to drum up support for his $1.9 trillion plan. Top Senate Republicans including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) have already voiced their concerns about the package’s price tag, especially considering the $900 billion bill President Trump signed into law less than a month ago, and provisions they view as unrelated to the coronavirus crisis.  

Chief Critic“The idea that we need a stimulus is a little hard to understand,” Romney said in an interview onFOX News Sunday, “because I’m one of those that's convinced that if you want to see this economy get going, we've got to get beyond COVID. If we get beyond COVID, I believe that the economy is going to come roaring back. And spending and borrowing trillions of dollars from the Chinese among others is not necessarily the best thing we can do to get our economy to be strong long-term.”

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...Bernie been wearin' them mittens, yawl better listen🖤💯 The electoral policy needs to be changed to one vote per person! So if I am understanding Bernie here. What he is actually saying the days of the do nothing Congress are over. for certain. coming from the man who thought he was a sure win the last 2 potus cycles and couldn't even get close to the party nom.. yeah. reliable... not.

Yes, Democrats, get you act together. Can sanders survive with inhalations of CO2? God help the ineptitudes in power if its power they whiled Act on stimulus? Meaning spend tax payer dollars to buy votes and make people forget about what is really happening. They are all crooked. For a guy that got ripped out twice as cand. 2 Prez. He sure is very supportive. What was his stimulus (payoff) amount?

Ahhhh yes, the unity these corrupt hypocrites have suddenly been preaching about after four years of lies and divisiveness. This is no surprise to those of us who have had the misfortune of SenSanders being our Senator. CareerBuiltOnClassDivision NotMyPresident And he's right, if Democrats are shown to have no spine to be able to govern. And to be honest, so far these last 4 days, that's exactly what they're showing.

He's right. Joe is gonna make a mess of things SenSanders is right SenSchumer Bernie is correct He’s right. Get to work. When 70-80% of Americans are in favor of it, that’s unity. Even if only 51% of Senate is for it. The Senate represents 40 million more American Democrats than Republicans. We will NOT go back to 2016.

Agree. Time to push past Republicans & use budget reconciliation. If Democrats don’t cheat 🙄 workingtrucker Scary Democrats desperately need to push President Biden‘s agenda the same way Republicans push through supreme court justices. It’s time to grow a pair and say...FuckTheFilibuster They only think of absolute power

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